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Origin Story: George Elliott Clarke (Part 2)

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“Voices started to shout, ‘Preach it!’ ‘Testify!’ ‘You’re home now!’”

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Justice Denied

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Author says racism, undue media influence and biased law enforcement not bound by region or time In her 2014 book The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, the second in a series of four historical true crime books, author and former forensic scientist Debra Komar investigates two cases of murder, revealing one killer. On January 27, 1896, 14-year-old Annie Kempton was murdered in her home in Bear River, Nova Scotia. Nine months later, following a sloppy and highly-publicized investigation, a Black man named Peter Wheeler was wrongfully hung for the crime. While…

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Wanda Taylor exposes stories of abuse, survival

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Author and filmmaker interviews former residents, hopes to help with healing “This book was tough to write,” says Wanda Taylor, the author of The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children: The Hurt, the Hope, the Healing. “And I know it’s tough to read. “Even though it’s hard, I really believe people need to hear about the troubling history. We need to ask ourselves how it was allowed to happen.” The “troubling history” is a story of physical, mental and sexual abuse that took place at the Home for Coloured Children,…

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Redemption Songs

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New book explores Nova Scotia’s connection to Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley’s anthem of hope and liberation Writing The Hermit of Africville changed my life. Learning about Eddie Carvery’s now 45-year protest against the racism that destroyed his community opened my eyes and left a lot of questions. What exactly is racism? What exactly are the human races? Those questions were the seeds Carvery planted in my mind. Now, they’re blossoming in a new book: Redemption Songs: How Bob Marley’s Nova Scotia Song Lights the Way Past Racism (Pottersfield Press,…

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