In 1969, West Indian students at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) occupied the university?s computer centre from January 29th to Feb 11th as part of one of the most significant...In 1969, West Indian students at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) occupied the university?s computer centre from January 29th to Feb 11th as part of one of the most significant student protests in Canadian history. The student occupation was in response to discriminatory pedagogical practices and the university?s failure to effectively address the students? complaints. In Febraury 2019, researchers and activists gathered at Concordia University in Montreal to commemorate those events of Febraury 1969
Emerging from the Protest and Pedagogy conference, these essays reflect upon the unfinished business of decolonization and its relationship to questions of pedagogy, institutional life and culture and ongoing discussions about race and racism. Also acknowledging the long history of student protests in various institutions across the Third World and the Global North, but in particular drawing connections between this event, and the ?Rodney Riots? in Jamaica, 1968 and Trinidad?s Black Power Revolution in 1970.
In locating the students who were part of the Sir George Williams ?affair? as part of this wider trajectory, we further ask what is the decolonizing role of the student intellectual both historically and in our current global moment? What are the unfinished legacies of this moment in the Canadian context and beyond? How is it remembered, forgotten or contested in different spaces? How did it connect or contribute to wider circuits of activism, protest and resistance? How is blackness included or occluded in decolonizing dialogues (particularly relating to curriculum and pedagogy)? What are the lessons of the occupation of the computer centre to current forms of resistance, such as Black Lives Matter or Rhodes Must Fall?
Table of Contents
Foreword: Kaie Kellough
Introduction: The Fire that Time
Nalini Mohabir and Ronald Cummings
Part 1-Remembering the Sir George Williams Affair
50 Years Ago: Reflections on the Sir George Williams University Protests
Clarence Bayne, Brenda Dash, Philippe Fils-Amie, Nancy Warner, H Nigel Thomas
Interview with Dorothy Wills (Title TBC)
Imara Ajani Rolston
Interview with Elizabeth Charles on Valerie Belgrave (Title: TBC)
Nalini Mohabir & Oceane Jasor
Interview with Juanita Westmoreland (Title TBC).
'Re/mediating the Protest: The Role of the Student Press in Challenging Dominant
Media Narratives of the Sir George Williams Affair'
The Sir George Williams University Protests in the ? Abeng ? Archives
On Fire:The Crisis at Sir George Williams University (Montreal) and the Worldwide Revolution of
Michael O. West.
Part 2- The Sir George Williams Affair and Black Power in a Global Context
Montreal in the Caribbean Cold War: Reading Haitian and Cuban Connections
Sowing seeds of revolution: Assessing the impact of Black Power on the Caribbean
Walter Rodney, the Black Power Movement and Race in North America and the Caribbean.Nigel Westmaas.
Student Activism in the early years of the National Joint Action Committee
Sir George Williams? Affair and Black Power movement in 1970s St. Vincent and the Grenadines
The Sir George Williams Affair and the Black Power Movement in Jamaica
?? On Many If Not All Possible Fronts?: Radical Pedagogies and Revolutionary Solidarities of
Caribbean Students in Exile
W. Chris Johnson.