January 16

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Getting history right with Irene Moore Davis

By Tracey Arial

January 16, 2022

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This is my interview with Irene Moore Davis, a woman who speaks, teaches and writes about Black history, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Moore Davis works as the manager of Continuing Education for St. Clair College.

In her spare time, she has served as president of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society since 2010. She also fulfills committee roles with the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, Amherstburg Freedom Museum, BookFest Windsor/Festival du Livre, and other local organizations.

You can hear her regularly as co-host of the All Write in Sin City podcast. She publishes poetry as well.

She’s particularly proud of her work on the writing and editorial team for African Canadian Roads to Freedom. The series of resource manuals enables Windsor-area teachers of grades one through 12 integrate Black history into their everyday curriculum.

She also co-authored End of the Journey: A Brief History of Windsor’s African Canadian Community (Northstar Cultural Community Centre, 2006); and contributed chapters to the book A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland (Wayne State University Press, 2016.)

Irene is currently working on an upcoming book about the history of African-descended people in Windsor and Sandwich.

The North was our Canaan

The North Was Our Canaan short documentary and additional information/resources

All Write in Sin City Podcast

All Write in Sin City, co-hosted by Sarah Jarvis, Kim Conklin and Irene Moore Davis

Stories about the slave-owner families of Windsor

CBC story about street names in Windsor

Stories about the slave-owner families of Toronto

Guerilla plaques

CBC toronto plaques

CBC radio interview

Toronto Star story  

Fluid Frontier

https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/fluid-frontier

Other Podcast interviews

Sources

Alumna lauded for promotion of Black history

African Diaspora Empowerment Fund

Frost, K.S. & Tucker, V.S. (2016). Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland.  Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Steele, K. (Feb 4, 2018). “The Long Road Continues exploring rich local black history for book.” The Windsor Star. Retrieved Feb 12, 2018

Tracey Arial

About the author

Tracey Arial helps Canadians create meaningful lives with true stories about ancestors, businesses, communities and ecology.

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