Documenting Black Experiences with Sylvia Hamilton

In February 2010, in keeping with the focus of Black History Month, the SPACE Initiative, along with the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada at York University invited scholar and filmmaker, Dr. Sylvia Hamilton,  to screen and discuss her films. The series which was called “Documenting Black Experiences with Sylvia Hamilton” took place at York on Friday, February 26, 2010 with a special workshop entitled: “Filmmaking in the Canadian, African-Canadian and African-Nova Scotian contexts.” The series was then moved into the community on Saturday, February 27, 2010 where Dr. Hamilton led a public discussion of her films at San Romanoway Community Centre. The films included The Little Black School House, a chronicle of Canada’s racially segregated schools, Black Mother Black Daughter and Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia and Portia White: Think on Me, a documentary about the extraordinary African Canadian contralto.