In honour of our Black History Series, today we’d like to honour and recognize George Dixon, born in Africville, Nova Scotia, who was the first black World Champion of any sport. He was also known as the inventor of shadow boxing and using the punching bag which was suspended from the ceiling. George Dixon was not only the first black World Champion of any sport, he also was an innovator of training techniques which are still used today.
Today’s blog post is dedicated to Trayvon Martin and the Black Lives Matter Movement. On this day, Trayvon Martin would’ve been turning 24, therefore we want to recognize his birthday as the senseless ending of his life was the spark that started the Black Lives Matter Movement.
There have been many misconceptions regarding the Black Lives Matter Organization. They have been labelled anti-white, anti-police, anti-government as well as a modern era terrorist group. All of those labels are not only false characterisations of the group, those labels have also been used to dismiss the historically documented oppression and discrimination of black people in America.
As we honour Trayvon Martin’s life today, please listen and watch the video’s below with an open mind and an empathetic heart as we dispel some of the myths and misconceptions of the Black Lives Matter Organization.
There are many Canadian blacks who have been influential in the progress of African Canadian culture in Canada.
We would like to acknowledge and honour those African Canadians who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we have today and lift up the future generations of black people who continue to help build this great nation of Canada.