Black History Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7 p.m.

Black History Speaker Series: Cheryl Foggo and Lawrence Hill

Join the Ontario Black History Society for a virtual speaker series that will include three evenings of dynamic conversations with a phenomenal range of speakers – including filmmaker Cheryl Foggo, author Lawrence Hill, a panel with Black heritage sites, and storyteller Sandra Whiting.

On February 9, join film director/author Cheryl Foggo and author Lawrence Hill as we share the trailer for Foggo’s new documentary John Ware Reclaimed.

Cheryl Foggo is a multiple award-winning playwright, author and filmmaker whose work over the last 30 years has focused on the lives of Western Canadians of African descent.

In 2020, the world premiere of her National Film Board feature documentary John Ware Reclaimed took place at the Calgary International Film Festival, where it received the Alberta Feature Audience Choice Award. The film is now screening at festivals across the country.

Lawrence Hill is a writer whose novels and works of non-fiction have been widely read in Canada, translated into many languages and published around the world. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph and has served as a mentor to Canadian writers for more than 20 years.

The manuscript for his new children’s novel, Beatrice and Croc Harry, is with his publisher. He has recently written a play, Sensitivity, commissioned by Obsidian Theatre in Toronto. He is the author of 10 books, including the novels The Illegal, The Book of Negroes, Any Known Blood and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. He is writing a new novel for adults about the African-American soldiers who helped build the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia and the Yukon in 1942-43.


For more information:

Contact: Michele Halsall
Telephone: 416-867-9420