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Mural in Sandwich of local Black notablesA panel Tuesday will discuss the need for a Black Studies program at the University of Windsor.

Panel to explore Black Windsor-Essex history and achievements

A panel of leaders from Windsor’s Black community will discuss its long history and advocate for a Black Studies program at the University on Wednesday, March 3.

The online event, organized by a group of faculty and students at the University of Windsor and led by Researchers, Academics, Advocates of Colour for Equity in Solidarity (UWin RAACES), is free and open to the public.

The panel includes:

  • Leslie McCurdy, educator and teaching artist, actress, playwright, singer, dancer
  • Irene Moore Davis (BA 1993), president of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society
  • Kaitlyn Ellsworth (BA 2014), educator
  • Marium Tolson-Murtty, UWindsor anti-Black racism strategic planning officer
  • Richard Ndayizigamiye, lecturer in modern languages at Brock University

“By learning about the history of Black Windsor-Essex, we can celebrate Black contributions and simultaneously appreciate the continued struggle for Black equality and liberation,” says professor Richard Douglass-Chin, one of the founders of RAACES.

The event will run 7 to 9 p.m. on Zoom; register to attend.