Thursday, February 27, 2014
GCDO Hall ~ 290 Danforth Avenue (Chester subway)
“Black History Month must be updated for the 21st century. February should be the month that we redouble our struggle against imperialism and white supremacy, and for reparations for slavery, the slave trade and colonialism.”
Norman (Otis) Richmond, aka Jalali, grew up in Los Angeles. He left after refusing to fight in Vietnam because he felt that, like the Vietnamese, Africans in the USA were colonial subjects. Richmond moved to Toronto, where he cofounded the Afro American Progressive Association, one of the first Black Power organizations in Canada.
In 1992, Richmond received the Toronto Arts Award. He dedicated his award to Mumia AbuJamal, Assata Shakur, Geronimo Pratt, the African National Congress, and Fidel Castro and the people of Cuba.