Fear of a Black Nation

Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal

Author/Illustrator/Editor: David Austin

In the 1960s, for at least a brief moment, Montreal became what seemed an unlikely centre of Black Power and the Caribbean left. There, the prominent thoughts of Pierre Vallières, Gaston Miron, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir were joined by the ideas of C.L.R. James, Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Édouard Glissant, and Malcolm X. In October 1968 the Congress of Black Writers at McGill University brought together well-known Black thinkers and activists from Canada, the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean?people like C.L.R. James, Stokely Carmichael, Miriam Makeba, Rocky Jones, and Walter Rodney. Within months of the Congress, a Black-led protest at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) exploded on the front pages of newspapers across the country, raising state security fears about Montreal as the new hotbed of international Black radical politics.

The public and very political presence of Blacks in Montreal would dramatically influence events in Quebec, English Canada, and the Caribbean. By examining the interrelated dynamics of gender, class, sex, and security during this period, David Austin digs into the legacy of this little-known history and suggests that the persistence of race haunts us still? in ways that inhibit possibilities of genuine human solidarity and freedom.

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