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Emancipation Month Panel: Celebrating the end of chattel slavery in the context of anti-Black racism

August 11, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Emancipation Month Panel: Still Breaking Chains

Celebrating the end of chattel slavery in the context of anti-Black racism

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:00pm
Watch at: www.mycesar.ca/emancipation

Join CESAR for a conversation on Emancipation Month with community leaders, activists and artists on the history, present and future of emancipation and organizing in Canada.

With speakers:

  • Dawn Roach Bowen, Award-winning actor, playwrite, director and artist (‘S’ is for Shadd and Blue Pipkin)
  • Syrus Marcus Ware, Core-team member Black Lives Matter Toronto and part of the Performance Disability Art Collective
  • Rodney Diverlus, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter-Toronto and Lead Canadian Organizer for Black Lives Matter Global Network
  • Carol Sutherland, CESAR VP Services & Finance and founder of Black Workers Matter
  • Facilitated by Alyssa Williams



The organizers strive to create accessible and inclusive events. Please contact executivedirector@mycesar.ca or vp.equity@mycesax.ca if you have any access needs or concerns.



Dawn Roach Bowen

DAWN ROACH is an award-winning actor, playwright, director and artist based in Tkaronto.  Her one woman plays  ‘S’ is for Shadd  and  Blue Pipkin  were commissioned by the City of Toronto—Culture Division and performed at historical sites in the city.  Her plays have brought African Canadian history to light exploring the lives of the legendary publisher and freedom fighter, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, and Mrs. Pipkin who was enslaved by the Austin family for her domestic labour at Spadina House in Toronto.

Dawn holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from York University.

In honour of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (2015 -2024), she is currently working on a performance piece commemorating the struggles of Black peoples around the world.

A longtime community organizer, Dawn was a coordinator of the Freedomride Project; the Martinsday Festival amongst other activities. She is a member of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, A Different Booklist Cultural Centre and the UNIA Toronto Chapter.

Her proudest creations include Nyota Charles & Nya Viola Roach Bowen and her daughter Raven, grandkids and great grandson!

Syrus Marcus Ware

Syrus Marcus Ware

SYRUS MARCUS WARE is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. He has won several recognitions including the TD Diversity Award 2017, “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine 2005, and the Steinert and Ferreiro Award 2012.

Rodney Diverlus

Rodney Diverlus

Rodney Diverlus is a Haitian-Canadian multi-hyphenate artist, artivist, and community activator.

He is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Toronto, and in 2017, appointed Lead Canadian Organizer for the Black Lives Matter Global Network. As the lead strategist for Black Lives Matter in Canada, he manages the development of the movement’s strategy development, campaigns, and curates large-scale public installations that blur the lines of protest, art, and performance He is author and co-editor of Canadian bestseller: “Until We are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada.”

His art practice straddles the realms of theatre, dance, and afro-diasporic modalities and has created/interpreted works with/for Canada’s leading artistic institutions including the Stratford Festival, Canadian Opera Company, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Dancemakers to name a few.

Carol Sutherland

Carol Sutherland

CAROL SUTHERLAND is the Vice President, Services and Finance at CESAR. She is a mature Continuing Education Student enrolled in the Caribbean Studies Certificate program. Her vision is that each CE student develops the skills and confidence to become the bigger, better version of themselves: the best they can be, regardless of who they are, and what they need to achieve their goals. Some would say She is too idealistic, rather than realistic.

She was the founder of Ryerson Black Faculty, Staff, Students and Community Network. And is the founder of Black Workers Matter. A poet and spoken words artist, community builder and activist, who has successfully taken on multiple causes. She was behind the push for more Mental health and anti-bullying resources on campus. Carol has worked with CESAR’s Board of Directors and Executives in creating and supporting workshops that address stress and mental health on campus.

“We must strengthen what we expect and strive for, in our everyday dealings with each other. We must choose kindness, acceptance, diversity and inclusion for each other and ourselves. Carol’s leadership is intentionally inclusive”.

Alyssa Williams (Facilitator)

Alyssa Williams


August 11, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm