Until We Are Free

Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada
  • Author Name: Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware (eds)
  • Award Year: 2021
  • Publisher: University of Regina Press
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • ISBN: 9780889776944
  • Tags: Nominee 2021

About the Book

The killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 by a white assailant inspired Black Lives Matter, a dynamic new civil rights movement which quickly spread outside the borders of the United States. The movement’s message found particularly fertile ground in Canada, where Black activists speak of generations of injustice. / "Until We Are Free" contains some of the very best African-Canadian writing on the hottest issues facing the Black community in Canada. It describes the latest developments in Canadian Black activism, organizing efforts through the use of social media, Black-Indigenous alliances, and more.

About the Author

Rodney Diverlus is a Port-au-Prince-born and Toronto-based organizing strategist, contemporary artist, and consultant. Rodney is co-founder of Black Lives Matter—Toronto and is co-leading the development of Black Lives Matter Canada. As a lead architect of BLM's presence and actions in Canada, he is grateful for the opportunity to co-curate and re-imagine radical Black activism in Canada today. An ardent artivist, Rodney toggles between worlds; his multidisciplinary artistic practice weaves in contemporary movement, physical theatre, protest and performance art. / Sandra Hudson is the founder of the Black Lives Matter movement presence in Canada and Black Lives Matter—Toronto. She also co-founded the Black Liberation Collective Canada, the campus-based extension of the movement. An award-winning influencer, Hudson has been honoured as one of Toronto Life’s 50 Most Influential Torontonians in 2016, one of Canada International Black Women’s 100 Black Women to watch, and was featured in Racism-Free Ontario’s 100 People to Watch list. / Syrus Marcus Ware is a core-team member of Black Lives Matter—Toronto, a Vanier Scholar, a facilitator/designer for the CulturalLeaders Lab, and an award-winning artist and educator.

2021 Book Awards