When Adam Rudder, then 20, first picked up a copy of Crawford Kilian’s Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia, the moment was almost surreal.
“It was a mix of being astonished, but also a really deep sense of betrayal,” said Rudder, now a professor of humanities at Vancouver’s Fairleigh Dickinson University. “I was a little angry, having gone through my entire education process, elementary and high school not hearing anything about Black history in the province.”
On Friday, Rudder will be participating in a workshop, called Changing the Narrative, aimed at changing that. The two-hour workshop, hosted by the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the National Congress of Black Women Foundation, is aimed at teachers, but open to the public. It will be a chance to have a dialogue, and challenge that history of silence around Black history in B.C.