Let's Get To Know...
On today's episode of all about canadian books let's get to know Canadian author Dr. Anita Jack-Davies and learn the story behind her memoir Lawrencia’s Last Parang: A Memoir of Loss and Belonging as a Black Woman in Canada
Dr. Anita was born in Toronto, Ontario, and spent her formative years on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, but returned to Canada at eleven years old.
In 1998, she became a teacher and spent five years as an educator with the Toronto District School Board before returning to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in Education.
She is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Planning at Queen’s University and is Director, Strategic Partnerships & Development at Ryerson University. She has taught courses in the areas of black feminisms, feminist pedagogies and race and racism.
The Story Behind Lawrencia's Last Parang
Lawrencia’s Last Parang: A Memoir of Loss and Belonging as a Black Woman in Canada is a snapshot of Dr. Anita’s life after the grandmother who raised her passed away. Her book is a memoir, a eulogy, and an academic analysis, the book offers an insightful exploration of race in Canada.
After listening to Dr. Anita speak about what it's like to be black and living in Canada I was speechless. It is having difficult conversations such as this and learning from them that we can aspire to make the world a better place for all. I am so very grateful for my time with this brave and inspiring woman.
Lawrencia's Last Parang will be published by Inanna Publications on June 20, 2023!
Thanks SO much for watching. A HUGE thank you to Anita .
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