About the BECL
Find out more about Black Excellence Community Library and why it was started.
This Black Excellence Community Library gives everyone an opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of Black heritage and culture.
People from African and Caribbean backgrounds from all over the world have been a fundamental part of Canadian history for centuries. However, their value and contribution to society is often overlooked, ignored or distorted. Historically, Black history has been omitted and one-sided to conjure up to give a false narrative that is still believed by people today. Most schools in Canada still teach a history curriculum which focuses on traditional events and achievements of non-black figures.
All too often, our contribution to sports and entertainment are showcased, yet our inventions and vast contributions to science, math, engineering, the arts, education and film are often erased. Only the most negative aspects of African and Caribbean culture and communities are highlighted.
This repository of books, videos, movies, essays, poems, inventions, highlights the historical achievements and accomplishments, as well as the fight and struggle of people of African descent. More importantly, the truth about Black history, that goes beyond stories of racism and slavery, from the Aksumite Kingdom, the Kingdom of Ghana, the Ashanti, Mali and Benin Empires, al the way to the inventions that are used worldwide today (like traffic lights, gas masks and the elevator) are documented.
This library helps us to remember the historic leaders of the Black community who deserve to be honoured for the sacrifice and suffering they endured for the sake of racial equality.
We hope you enjoy navigating your way through this virtual experience!
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:
Equality – Everyone has the opportunity to read the same book
Diversity – A broad range of different books are available
Equity – Books on relevant subjects that are important to those who want to read them are available
Acceptance – the agreement that different people read different kinds of books
Belonging – accessing the books that are right for you without fear of being judged, banned or persecuted
Intersectionality – Books with content covering multicultural overlaps are available to everyone
Justice/Allyship – speaking out to make sure books are not kept from those who should have access to them even if they don’t interest you.
About the ABR-Task Force
After attending a training on Anti-Black racism in 2019, several committed and dedicated staff came together to debrief the training and discuss the impacts of Anti-Black Racism within the wider community.
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If you’re looking for more information, have a suggestion or would like to make a contribution to the library, please reach out!