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The Fire That Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation

The Fire That Time: Transnational Black Radicalism and the Sir George Williams Occupation
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In 1969, in one of the most sig­nif­i­cant black stu­dent protests in North Amer­i­can his­to­ry, Caribbean stu­dents called out dis­crim­i­na­to­ry ped­a­gog­i­cal prac­tices at Sir George Williams Uni­ver­si­ty (now Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty), before occu­py­ing the com­put­er cen­ter for two weeks. Upon the break­down of nego­ti­a­tions, the police launched a vio­lent crack­down as a fire mys­te­ri­ous­ly broke out inside the cen­ter and racist chants were hurled by spec­ta­tors on the street. It was a heav­i­ly medi­a­tized flash­point in the Cana­di­an civ­il rights move­ment and the inter­na­tion­al Black Pow­er strug­gle that would send shock­waves as far as the Caribbean. Half a cen­tu­ry lat­er, we con­tin­ue to grap­ple with the lega­cies of this water­shed moment in light of cur­rent resis­tance move­ments such as Black Lives Mat­ter, calls for repa­ra­tions, or Rhodes Must Fall. How is the Sir George Williams affair” remem­bered, for­got­ten, or con­test­ed? How is black­ness includ­ed or occlud­ed in decol­o­niz­ing dia­logues? The Fire That Time address­es those ques­tions while it com­mem­o­rates and reflects upon the transna­tion­al res­o­nances of Black protest and rad­i­cal stu­dent move­ments. Through sev­er­al thought­ful essays, schol­ars exam­ine the unfin­ished busi­ness of decol­o­niza­tion and its rela­tion­ship to ques­tions of ped­a­gogy, insti­tu­tion­al life and cul­ture, and ongo­ing dis­cus­sions about race and racism.
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