Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Andrea and Charles Bronfman Theatre
Language: Presented in English
Join us on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for a special presentation of Sylvia D. Hamilton’s award-winning documentary, The Little Black School House, a film that takes a hard look at a controversial and often misunderstood chapter of Canadian history.
On the evening of March 21, Hamilton will introduce the film and then take part in an audience Q & A session immediately following the documentary’s airing.
Ten years after its initial release, Hamilton’s one-hour documentary on the legacy of Canada’s racially segregated schools remains as relevant as ever.
Through rare archival footage and first-person accounts, The Little Black School House, a Maroon Films Inc. project, tells the story of the experiences of the women, men and children who attended and worked at segregated schools throughout Canada.
Even though race was removed from Nova Scotia’s Education act in 1954, many segregated schools persisted well into the early 1960s, with the last one, in Guysborough County, closing in 1983. In Ontario, the law changed in 1964, but the last segregated school, in Essex County, did not close until the following year.
Hamilton drew from her own experience as a student in an all-Black school and that of her mother, Dr. Marie Hamilton, who was a teacher, to create an unflinching and hard-hitting portrayal of life in racially-segregated schools.
And now, 10 years later, the film is particularly timely given the recent labour dispute involving Nova Scotia teachers and the renewed focus on schools as the hearts of communities and classroom teachers as not only educators but mentors, role models, and community leaders.