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Learning to Be Black: Discovering an Identity I Didn’t Know I Had

February 15

Join MLA David Shepherd for this presentation via Zoom.

“I grew up not really thinking of myself as Black. I had no Black friends and no connections with Black communities. Indeed, as a kid who struggled with social anxiety, I found other Black people kind of intimidating. It wasn’t until much later in life, with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, that I began reading, watching and listening to try and understand the very different lives being experienced by people who looked like me. Then after my election in 2015, I found out I was only the third Black person to ever serve as an MLA in Alberta. I began to see what that meant to others and it began a journey of exploration of Black history and communities in Alberta and my identity and place as a Black man.”


February 15
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Edmonton, Alberta Canada