Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781551647371 Will Publish October 2020 N/F/S Canada, Ireland & United Kingdom
Cloth $69.95 ISBN: 9781551647395 Will Publish October 2020 N/F/S Canada, Ireland & United Kingdom

The Fire That Time

Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation

Edited by Nalini Mohabir and Ronald Cummings

The Fire That Time

Edited by Nalini Mohabir and Ronald Cummings

Distributed for Black Rose Books

200 pages | 5 x 7
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781551647371 Will Publish October 2020 N/F/S Canada, Ireland & United Kingdom
Cloth $69.95 ISBN: 9781551647395 Will Publish October 2020 N/F/S Canada, Ireland & United Kingdom
In 1969, in one of the most significant black student protests in North American history, Caribbean students called out discriminatory pedagogical practices at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University), before occupying the computer center for two weeks. Upon the breakdown of negotiations, the police launched a violent crackdown as a fire mysteriously broke out inside the center and racist chants were hurled by spectators on the street. It was a heavily mediatized flashpoint in the Canadian civil rights movement and the international Black Power struggle that would send shockwaves as far as the Caribbean. Half a century later, we continue to grapple with the legacies of this watershed moment in light of current resistance movements such as Black Lives Matter, calls for reparations, or Rhodes Must Fall. How is the Sir George Williams “affair” remembered, forgotten, or contested? How is blackness included or occluded in decolonizing dialogues?
 
The Fire That Time addresses those questions while it commemorates and reflects upon the transnational resonances of Black protest and radical student movements. Through several thoughtful essays, scholars examine the unfinished business of decolonization and its relationship to questions of pedagogy, institutional life and culture, and ongoing discussions about race and racism.
 
Contents
Table of ContentsForeword: Kaie KelloughIntroduction: The Fire that TimeNalini Mohabir and Ronald CummingsPart 1-Remembering the Sir George Williams Affair50 Years Ago: Reflections on the Sir George Williams University ProtestsClarence Bayne, Brenda Dash, Philippe Fils-Amie, Nancy Warner, H Nigel ThomasInterview with Dorothy Wills (Title TBC)Imara Ajani RolstonInterview with Elizabeth Charles on Valerie Belgrave (Title: TBC)Nalini Mohabir & Oceane JasorInterview with Juanita Westmoreland (Title TBC).Christiana Abraham’Re/mediating the Protest: The Role of the Student Press in Challenging DominantMedia Narratives of the Sir George Williams Affair’Christiana AbrahamThe Sir George Williams University Protests in the ? Abeng ? ArchivesRonald CummingsOn Fire:The Crisis at Sir George Williams University (Montreal) and the Worldwide Revolution of1968Michael O. West.Part 2- The Sir George Williams Affair and Black Power in a Global ContextMontreal in the Caribbean Cold War: Reading Haitian and Cuban ConnectionsAmanda PerrySowing seeds of revolution: Assessing the impact of Black Power on the CaribbeanJerome TeelucksinghWalter Rodney, the Black Power Movement and Race in North America and the Caribbean.Nigel Westmaas.Student Activism in the early years of the National Joint Action CommitteeAlpha ObikaSir George Williams’ Affair and Black Power movement in 1970s St. Vincent and the GrenadinesAyanna BobbThe Sir George Williams Affair and the Black Power Movement in JamaicaRupert Lewis.“? On Many If Not All Possible Fronts”: Radical Pedagogies and Revolutionary Solidarities ofCaribbean Students in ExileW. Chris Johnson.Afterword
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