A new flag is flying over Antigonish town hall for the first time in it’s history. Yesterday, there was a flag raising ceremony to recognize the start of African Heritage
Heritage Flag being raised at Antigonish Town Hall
Month which runs through February.
Town Mayor Laurie Boucher says the act of having the flag flown over the town may seem small, but it is symbolic to the diversity in Antigonish. Boucher says yesterday was a historic day for the town:
Lorraine Reddick is the co-chair for African heritage month zone 7, and says it was a symbolic day for her and Antigonish. Reddick says seeing the flag in the sky makes her feel more connected with the place she’s called home.
During December’s council meeting, members of the Zone 7 African Heritage Committee requested to fly the African Heritage Flag in February. The town amended the bylaw in January to now allow any flag to be flown at town hall with approval of council.
The St.FX President’s Colloquium was held Tuesday night in Lane Hall with discussion focused around social justice from the African Heritage Perspective. The event featured conversations by panelists around the topics of cultural identity, activism and discussing solutions to solving racism.
St.FX Women’s basketball coach, Augy Jones, was one of the panelists. Jones’ father, Rocky, was a pioneer in the human rights movement locally. Augy says having events such as this colloquium is important for people in the community. The topics may teeter into uncomfortable topics, but that is part of perspective learning:
The goal of the event was to bring people together to extend the conversation of social justice into the residence of Lane Hall. Having important conversations in non-traditional spaces allow academic conversations to happen outside the walls of lecture halls and classrooms.
The start of African Heritage Month was recognized Monday at a ceremony on St.FX. Members of the public, local politicians and representatives from the zone #7 African Cultural Awareness Association were on hand to kickoff the month titled: “Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotia and the Next 150”.
African Heritage Month runs through February with many events planned throughout the town and county. This year’s celebrations, in particular, are well timed, given the recent recognition of Viola Desmond.
Desmond, a businesswoman and beautician, was jailed in 1946 for sitting in the whites-only section of a New Glasgow, N.S., movie theatre. The theatre’s policy forced black people to sit upstairs in a balcony.
Antigonsh MLA Randy Delorey believes the theme of Passing the Torch is important for today’s younger generation:
Events in Antigonish include lessons on modern and traditional African dance and drumming, a family night of sharing culture, music and poetry reading as well as a screening of “Ninth Floor”.