I know I spend a lot of time moaning about my time in Canada, but there are *many* black people who chose to tough it out and managed to excel in their chosen fields. Who’s Who in Black Canada is a fantastic project that highlights the contributions of African Canadians, and today they’ve put the spotlight on me! You can see my complete profile here, and this is an example of the questions they ask:
Favourite book? It’s impossible to pick just one, but Ezra Jack Keats’ Snowy Day was important for me; it was the first book I read as a child that featured a Black protagonist, and Keats’ books continue to inform my scholarship on multicultural children’s literature.
Favourite quote? “Bear but a touch of my hand and you shall be upheld in more than this.” – from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Publish books for children IN Canada! I’m working on developing a conference to discuss the lack of diversity in Canada’s publishing industry.
Colleagues at York University have since taken on that conference, so all I have to do now is find a Canadian press willing to give my work a chance…