Feb 26, 2021 7:30 AM
Erica Phillips, BA, MA
Black History is Canadian History

Our Topic: Black History is Canadian History

From the ice rinks to the legislatures, from the battlefields to the boardrooms, media to movies, labs to libraries from coast to coast to Black Canadians are the people in your neighbourhood, churches, schools and more, building Canada breath by breath, layer by layer, brick by brick. This presentation will be an overview of some of those nation builders and how Black history can be incorporated into the curriculum. It will also include resources for further learning.

Our Speaker, Erica Phillips, BA, MA

A journalist turned marketing communications professional, Erica Phillips first met Lincoln M. Alexander during a high school Black History Month presentation. “I have a granddaughter named Erika,” he told her.

Over the years Erica, continued to be involved in various Black history initiatives at school and in the community. She has an BA in political science and peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto, an MA in journalism from Western University and an MA in history from York University. Black history figured prominently in her graduate work.

She has contributed to four books, CFRB, 680 News, CBC Radio, Sway, Maclean’s, and ESSENCE magazines plus the Brampton Guardian and more Much of that work included Black history coverage and profiles.

In the community Erica was active with various groups such as the Brampton Heritage Board, the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) and Harry Jerome Awards and two arts groups. As a volunteer with the BBPA she met trailblazers such as Leonard Braithwaite, Lincoln M. Alexander (again), Wes Williams a.k.a. Maestro Fresh Wes, and Willie O’Ree who she had nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award for crossing the NHL’s colour barrier in 1958.

In 2020 Erica contributed to the exhibit “The Object and the Story” about the “complexity and diversity of contemporary Black Canadian experiences” at The Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning— with a Willie O’Ree NHL hockey card.

As the corporate creative spark at Fifth & Park, Erica works as an editor, writer, blogger and event producer— mostly with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors— Erica can frequently be found behind a camera, in front of a computer screen or buried in a Canadian Press style guide.