Funding for the Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association Hall

first_imgA building at the heart of Glace Bay’s Black community will see necessary upgrades, thanks to provincial funding. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince announced the Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association hall will receive $25,000 in funding through the Diversity and Community Capacity Fund. “The Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association hall is a celebrated structure, rich in culture and heritage,” said Mr. Ince. “Preserving such a significant part of our past is very important. This project will ensure the community can continue to come together to proudly tell their stories and pass them down to future generations.” The hall is valued for its association with the history of the Black community of Glace Bay, and as the current home to the Universal Negro Improvement Association Cultural Museum. The hall serves as a gathering place and community centre, where regular classes and events are held for all ages. Funding will go towards internal renovations such as creative interpretive displays and tools, and reintroduction of a stage. These upgrades will improve the interpretation of the history of the hall and will share the story of Marcus Garvey, the impact of Garveyism on Glace Bay, and the story of the Black miners’ experience in Cape Breton. “This is an exciting time for us. This funding will allow us to continue to provide a place for residents of Glace Bay to gather, learn the importance of our collective history, and continue to grow as a community,” said Theresa Brewster, Glace Bay association board chair. “The project, once complete, will not only be key in telling a more inclusive story of the history of Nova Scotians, it will bring to life the history of the Universal Negro Improvement Association movement in Canada.” The hall was built in 1918 in response to the movement started in 1914 by publisher and activist Marcus Garvey. Mr. Garvey became an internationally known promoter of social, political, and economic freedom for Blacks. In 1914 he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica. Soon, associations were established throughout the United States and Canada. His philosophy influenced Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. There were once 1100 association branches world-wide, however only about 20 remain today. The hall in Glace Bay is the only original one remaining in Canada. The Glace Bay Universal Negro Improvement Association works to facilitate positive change on behalf of Nova Scotians of African descent.last_img read more

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Rahul firm on his stand others reluctant to carry the baton

first_imgNew Delhi: With Rahul Gandhi sticking to his stand, the speculation over his continuation as party chief is over. Making it clear, Rahul said that he would not be involved in the process of the selection of the new party chief and it’s his party that will decide on who his successor will be and not him.However, as per party insiders, senior party leaders are still reluctant to carry the baton forward. “The names of some of the senior leaders such as Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Sachin Pilot are doing the rounds, but it will take some time to get the issue resolved as most of the leaders are ‘refusing’ to head the party,” the party insiders said. Explaining the reasons behind their reluctance, the party insider said, “The prime reason is acceptability as the Gandhi family is easily acceptable while the same is not the case with any other Congress leader. Given the party’s present condition, the other major factor is Congress’s acceptability as a whole that is worrying party veterans to take the coveted responsibility.” Since Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind to quit the post, the party would finalise its president with the consent of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and others soon. Rejecting the reports on Gehlot’s selection to lead the party, Rahul Gandhi said, “I am not the one who will appoint the party president and no such thing has happened.” Responding to a question about Rafale finding a mention in President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament, he said, “I maintain my stand that there has been theft in the Rafale jet deal.” Gandhi has been maintaining that there has been corruption in the Rafale deal and that there should be a thorough probe into the deal. The grouse against the Congress became shriller after the party’s rout in general elections. It’s was for the second time in a row that the party got decimated and won only 52 seats — eight seats more than the seats the party had won in 2014 elections. The loss of Gandhi family’s bastion, Amethi seat proved a major setback for Rahul Gandhi, who took 100 per cent responsibility for the party’s failure and told the 52-member Congress Working Committee that he would like to quit as its top boss. However, Congress refused to accept Gandhi’s decision. The Congress has a history of Gandhis holding the top post and there are only a few instances when non-Gandhi leaders were given the task to lead the party, but it didn’t work well.last_img read more

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