MBH Talks

Many Black Histories – finding the stories

This is a discussion about researching Black history that is not conventional . Here we look at how to work with fellow archivists, librarians, performers, academics – and one’s own family.

Follow my journey from researching Black History from  Renaissance Europe and the Middle East, to looking at the lives Black communities during WWII. I also delve into the contributions of Blacks in ballet and in entertainment.

What Grandma told Mom – a look at World War II. (CHY4U/C)

This talk takes a look at the Black experience before and during WWII. I discuss my own grandmother’s contributions during the war but also look at the experience of Africans, African-Canadians and African-American soldiers fighting throughout WWII.

The Black Swan – the presence of Black dancers in the Ballet

This talk traces my journey through the history of Black performers in the Ballet long before stars like Misty Copeland came on to the scene. Here we look not only at the issue of racial politics but also the importance of documentation of performance itself.

Trumpeter,  Gondolier, Innkeeper,  Knight

In this presentation, attendees learn about presence of Africans in the European and Middle Eastern world in the 15th and 16th centuries. When looking at the documentation and visual representation of Black people both as enslaved and and free people.