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Sylvia Hamilton

Sylvia Hamilton

Sylvia D. Hamilton is a Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her award-winning documentary films. She produced and directed Portia White: Think on Me, a documentary about the pioneering Canadian contralto Portia White. She was a contributor to and co-editor of We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History. Her current documentary, The Little Black School House, explores the little known subject of segregated Black schools in Canada. She teaches part-time in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

“I am somebody”: Black youth and the search for identity.

Filmmaker Sylvia D. Hamilton explores the ongoing search by Black youth for reflections of themselves in their school and society. She also reflects on the lessons about discrimination contained in her mother’s stories.


Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia
1992, director: Sylvia Hamilton

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Several Black youth speak out against insufficient representation of Black culture in school curriculum and elsewhere. Videotape of the 1991 Peace and Justice March organized by the Cultural Awareness Youth Group in Halifax shows the Group's response to a widely publicized disturbance in a Halifax bar. Many youth and their supporters felt the incident and its subsequent interpretation revealed underlying racism.

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