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Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia

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

Film (28:52)


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  Description     The film  
In the environment of their predominantly white high school, a group of Black students face daily reminders of the presence of racism, ranging from abuse (racist graffiti on washroom walls), to exclusion (the seemingly "innocent" omission of Black history from texts). They work to establish a Cultural Awareness Youth Group, a vehicle for building pride and self-esteem through educational and cultural programs. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to affect change.