Our FREEDOM SCHOOL is a three week program for children aged four to ten. The purpose of the project is to respond to a lack of humanizing, self-affirming, queer positive educational opportunities for Black children in the GTA. Freedom school will provide an alternative setting for parents to do not feel that our children are being taught self-love, and a passion for justice and liberation through their formal education. The program is designed to teach children about Black Canadian and diasporic history, to engage children in political resistance to anti-Black racism and state violence through a trans-feminist lens, and to offer children an entry point into the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
We teach children that: your Black life matters, and you must demonstrate to your peers that their Black lives matter by protecting their dignity. Our children learn the things you didn’t learn in school: The BlackLivesMatter Movement, Marie Joseph Angelique, Marshia P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots, th
e Memphis garbage strikes, Nanny Maroon and the Maroons in Canada, The Bussa Revolution in Barbados, The Haitian Revolution, Soweto Uprisings. These topics are engaged through child friendly resources like claymation, video animation, augmented realities etc.