The Untold Story of the Black Radical Tradition in Canada
Richmond, Norman (Otis)http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/The-Untold-Story-of-the-Black-Radical-Tradition-in-Canada-20161202-0006.html
Publisher: Telesur TV
Date Written: 30/11/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21124
Looking back on the development of Black radical organizations in Canada.
The untold story of the Radical Black Tradition in Canada is beginning to unfold. A new autobiography, "Burnley "Rocky" Jones Revolutionary" by Jones and James W. St. G. Walker gets the ball rolling in this work. Jones gives credit to the AAPA in this volume for keeping the radical Black tradition alive in the Great White North.
Jones discusses how tribalism ruled during the late sixties and early seventies in Toronto's history. Africans born in Canada organized as Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Barbadians or Black Canadians. He talks about a rally that took place at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education on Bloor Street in Toronto.
Says Jones: "The chair was José Garcia, of the Afro American Progressive Association, a Marxist, and Black Nationalist organization in Toronto. Although that organization was Canadian, its name reflected the interaction with the States; there was continual movement back and forth across the border with Detroit and Buffalo, with Panthers and CORE and various Black Nationalist associations. Many of these people were also at the conference, in particular a group known as the Detroit Revolutionary Union movement, DRUM, extremely militant and connected to the Panthers."