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Cecil Foster is a leading author, academic, journalist and public intellectual. His work speaks about the challenges that Black people have encountered historically in Canada in their efforts to achieve respect and recognition for their contribution to what is now a multicultural Canada. He highlights their fight for social justice and human dignity. In particular, Foster addresses the issues of immigration in his critical discussions on who is a Canadian in the ever-evolving social narrative toward a genuine multicultural Canada.

He is the author of 13 books of fiction and nonfiction, including his most recent book They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada, was published in 2019.

Cecil Foster speaks on the historical role played by Black Sleeping Car Porters to make Canada the multicultural society it is today. We will look at the kinds of obstacles the porters in particular and Black people in general had to overcome historically in Canada. We will reflect on the lessons the Porters taught that are still relevant to making Canada a place of social justice marked by diversity and inclusion of all peoples.

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