It’s still the month of February, which is Black History Month (BHM) when we get to celebrate the history of Black Canadians and Black Culture. Here at McMaster University, organizations and clubs like African Caribbean Faculty Association of McMaster, Mac-Africans, PACBIC and OPIRG are celebrating the BHM till March 14th.
Early in February, Tumi sat for an interview with Kojo Damptey, a McMaster alumnus who graduated with a degree in engineering. The young man is also part of the African Caribbean Faculty Association of McMaster University. Kojo talked about being a member of this organization and also the significance of BHM and why it is important to celebrate it in Canada.
He also touched on Viola Desmond who was a Canadian Black Nova Scotian businesswoman that challenged racial segregation at a film theatre. Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman to be featured on the $10 Canadian banknote (which will be released in 2018). Kojo expressed his joy about that, with a notion that Black and African women are powerful and should be recognized more in society.
Kojo went further to talk about the several events in celebration of the Black History Month. The upcoming and recent event for BHM is “Equity Myths in Academia”, which is on March 14th by 4:30 pm – 6:30pm at MDCL 1102. This event is hosted by the African Caribbean Faculty Association of McMaster. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit opirg.ca or call 905-525-9140 ext. 27289
Here is the full interview with Kojo Damptey below, enjoy!
Written By: Tumi Adegoroye