MONTREAL, Jan. 22, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian authors Akilah Newton of Montreal, Quebec and Tami Gabay of Vancouver, British Columbia have created an educational tool to teach youth about Canadian Black History. Big Dreamers: The Canadian Black History Activity Book for Kids Volume 1 is the first in a series published by Bright Confetti Media Inc. that celebrates the contributions of African Canadians who overcame adversity, achieved greatness and changed the course of history. The book highlights the achievements of Black Canadians who's stories are often left untold.
Big Dreamers is an overview of people, places and events that paved the way for future generations of Canadians. The book includes "Big Dreamers" from A-Z, provides a historical timeline, examines Black History in each province and territory, and keeps readers engaged with a variety of activities.
Big Dreamers is created by Bright Confetti Media Inc. co-founders Akilah Newton and Tami Gabay. Newton is the founder of the Montreal based non-profit, Overture with the Arts, an organization committed to making the performing arts accessible to youth from all walks of life. Gabay is a creative producer and writer with almost twenty years experience. Bright Confetti Media Inc. was born out of their shared love of creating and promoting stories about racial equality, cultural diversity and gender equality.
Newton says that "Black History is our collective human history. Stories about trailblazing African Canadians should be shared year round - Not just in February." Gabay says "We have to embrace our real history with it's roses and thorns to build a bright future."
Bright Confetti Media Inc. hosted the Big Dreamers book launch on October 20 at the Pierrefonds Cultural Centre. Guests learned first hand from "Big Dreamers" featured in the book. Yolande James, the first Black female to serve in the National Assembly of Quebec spoke of her journey. Frank Baylis, MP Pierrefonds - Dollard talked about his late mother Gloria Baylis, the first Canadian to successfully win a Human Rights discrimination case in Quebec and a medical company titan with Baylis Medical. The Honourable Anne Clare Cools, the first Black person elected to Canada's Senate and the longest-serving Canadian Senator with 35 years of service inspired all with her insights.
For book signings, media appearances and/or interviews please contact [email protected].
SOURCE Kids write network
For further information: Akilah Newton, 514-889-8678, [email protected]