Saturday, January 29, 2011

BHM Toronto History - Old Cicero, the last Grand Old Man

Black History Month is for everyone.  Unlike Thornton Blackburn, William Peyton Hubbard was a full Torontonian, born and raised. Much like Blackburn, Hubbard would also establish a Toronto institution.

Hubbard's parents were Virginia slaves who took the Underground Railroad to freedom, finally establishing themselves in Toronto. Born free in Toronto in 1842, Hubbard went to school to be a baker on the grounds currently occupied by Ryerson University. While most schools in Ontario were segregated, Toronto schools were not.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Have Your Story Told

Global Toronto is having a contest - tell them, in 500 words or less, what Black History Month means to you.  It closes January 31, 2011. For more information, see

Couple of quick notes:
  • while it is a "contest", it doesn't matter if you win or not. What matters is that we have an opportunity to tell our stories, to share our experiences and continue to stitch our threads into the tapestry of this great city. When these stories are told, everyone wins.
So, get writing!