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Mighty Jerome inspires Harbord CI

Mighty Jerome inspires Harbord CI

African Heritage Month event features film director in Q and A

Friday, February 06, 2015
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Harbord Collegiate Institute kicked off a month-long series of events celebrating African Heritage Month with a presentation of the documentary film Mighty Jerome on February 4.  

Screened in partnership with Reel Canada, the film brings to life the story of sprinter Harry Jerome, who in the 1960s, was one of Canada's greatest athletes.  

This inspiring story about perseverance in the face of racism and physical injury was made even more profound during a spirited Q & A session with the film's director, Charles Officer.  

During this post-film discussion, Officer challenged students to further reflect on the historical and contemporary implications of racism in Canadian society. In a thank-you address to the director, student Hussein B. commented on how the film "taught students about black Canadian history, which students don't always learn about."  

Another student, Gemma P., was appreciative of having the opportunity to meet the director of "a film that is insightful and empowering to young athletes." 

Focused on curricular connections to Grade 9 Phys. Ed. and Grade 10 History, the screening of the film was a powerful way to showcase Harbord's commitment to equity and social justice across the curriculum.


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