The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal, by Afua Cooper. University of Georgia Press, 2006.
Race in the Atlantic World Series.
An important, wide-ranging history focusing on a slave woman and the context of life in colonial Montreal, slavery in Canada and the international Atlanta Slave Trade.
Afua Cooper tells the story of Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave woman who is believed to have started the massive fire which destroyed the merchant section of Montreal in 1734. Fleshing out her story, Cooper provide abundant historical contexts so that readers can see the larger stories of which Angelique was a part. At times, the context pulls away from Angelique’s particular story, diminishing the unity of the book. For those of us unfamiliar with the global dimensions of slavery, however, the larger pictures she provides are invaluable.
The Slave Trade, the Colonization of North American Indigenous People and the Holocaust are some of most horrific human rights violations in world history that have left behind a legacy of trauma and… pain. Cultural communities, severely impacted by these events, are now faced with the challenge of trying to heal while trying to nurture and protect future generations.
On May 5th, 2013, BONDFIRES will publish a three-part series of posts on Cultural Healing.
Part 1 – RESILIENCE, will feature an interview with Tommy Miller, a prominent leader in the black community of Ithaca, NY, who will examine Post-Traumatic Slavery Syndrome and share his perspective on the impact of the slave trade on African-American people and the process of healing.
At BONDFIRES, our hope is that you will continue to participate in the de-construction and eradication of racism in North American society (and the world) by raising awareness to the issues of race and racism, by providing information about racism that will encourage people to examine their own beliefs/ actions and make informed choices not to participate in racist acts, racist speech/remarks , or be involved in systems that maintain racism in our society and…the world. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to follow our blog, post a comment, share information and engage in dialogue about the information we present.
It has been a while since our last post and we have been working very hard to develop new articles and bring a fresh approach to presenting interesting content about the issues that affect people of African descent and all people who are impacted by the disease of racism.
To this end, BONDFIRES has a number of guests who will be contributing content to this blog about their experiences and perspectives on how “race” and “racism” influences North American society and people of African descent everywhere.
At BONDFIRES, our hope is to encourage people everywhere to become educated about racism and it’s impact on individuals and society. Our desire is to develop a movement for change that will eradicate racism from North American society and ultimately, the world. To this end, BONDFIRES wants to acknowledge that our content and subject matter will lead to passionate dialogue and spirited debate. We welcome contributions and comments from everyone. However, your comments MUST BE RESPECTFUL. The onus is on you to “hold your cool ! “, so that you (and your comments) will be taken seriously and BONDFIRES will allow you to continue to participate in discussions and comments.
Now that we have dealt with BONDFIRES standards of engagement, let’s get back to blogging…
Our feature guest for November 2012 is Rev. David Billings, D.Div, an anti-racist trainer and organizer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond since 1983. Rev. Billings has worked with anti-racist organizing groups across America and currently consults with Citizens for Economic Equity in New Orleans.
Over the years Rev. Billings organizing work has been cited for many awards including the Westchester County chapter of the National Association of Social Workers “Public Citizen of the Year,” the New Orleans Pax Christi “Bread and Roses” award; the Loyola University of New Orleans “Homeless and Hunger Award”; and the National Alliance against Racist Oppression’s Angela Davis Award for community service. He was the Whitney Young 2006 lecturer at the Westchester County NASW symposium.
Rev. Billings has graciously agreed to contribute to our blog. In a few days, BONDFIRES will present Rev. David Billings; Unpacking Racism…A White Man’s Journey.
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