MOVING LEGACIES: Celebrating Black innovation and resistance in Ontario (Bus Tours)
This year the TTC collaborated with a number of community partners to make the Black History Month “Moving Legacies” campaign a success. To Celebrate this collaboration, representatives from these partnering groups were invited to participate in a customized bus tour. This tour was divided into two parts and featured brief visits to a number of landmarks dedicated to the legacies of Black Canadians who helped shape Toronto.
Since seating capacity for the tour was limited, our campaign partners elected their own delegates to attend, sending representation from the Blackhurst Cultural Centre, AstroSankofa Arts Initiatives, African Canadian Heritage Association, Heritage Toronto, Ontario Black History Society, and a number of local high schools (Downsview Secondary, L'Amoreaux C.I, Stephen Leacock C.I, Central Tech, St Basil the Great, Runnymede C.I) through Stolen from Africa.
These intergenerational tours also included guides, historians, city planners, and community elders affiliated with the Blackhurst Cultural Centre, who designed and facilitated the programming for the two 3-hour tours. In addition to our community partners, TTC employees also engaged with this tour through the Black Transit Worker’s Association, who offered consultative support.
This tour was the first of its type and was recorded by video so that more people can learn about the great historic sites that celebrate Black contributions to Toronto. For more information about this year’s Black History Month campaign and the landmarks, visit www.TTC.ca/BHM and look for the Ride and Find Guide.