February 06, 2016

Mark Black History Month with streaming media

Black History Month - February - is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Black Canadians and reflect on the stories, experiences and accomplishments of Canada's Black community. To mark this occasion, CBC Curio.ca has pulled together a selection of teacher resource guides, videos and audio series that honour Black history in Canada.

Kanopy is also highlighting videos for Black History Month.  Visit the site, or for access information,  read more about Alloway Library's one month trial of Kanopy streaming media.

Here are four titles from the Curio.ca collection:

Black Star Square is a 4-part streaming audio series.
On March 6, 1957, the Gold Coast became Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to emerge from colonialism, and the first ripple in a great wave of independence that swept Africa. Ideas producer Dave Redel lived in Ghana, and on the 50th anniversary of independence he returns to see what has happened, and what it means for the rest of Africa.

Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela (2004) streaming video
Reveals a story unknown beyond his inner circle. Mandela talks of his love of children, how apartheid affected him and facing the death sentence. How he survived prison, won over his enemies, and overcame prejudice. He also speaks about the pain of his marriage to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with whom he had two daughters. In an interview, Winnie talks about her first meeting with Mandela, the last time they were home together, and how she survived torture and scandal.
The Book of Negroes miniseries (2015) streaming video
Based on the award-winning novel by Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is predisposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge given to Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.
Burgundy Jazz  (2015) website
Explores Montreal’s incredible contribution to jazz music history through the legendary Black musicians of Little Burgundy – the neighbourhood that was a hub of musical creativity, private clubs and speakeasies from the Jazz Age 1920s to the Golden Era of Jazz in the 1940s and 50s. Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, the Sealey Brothers, Nelson Symonds, Charlie Biddle, and Louis Metcalf are among the greats who lived or played in "Burgundy".
The web doc offers a rich cinematic and interactive experience that explores the music, community and artists of Little Burgundy. Watch all fourteen web capsules continuously or stop to explore the themes of each chapter in more depth through photo galleries, audio extracts, extra video, an interactive timeline and an index of musicians.
These resources are available online, via the weblink in our catalogue, Your TWU log in may be required. 

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