In 1964 I returned to Amherstburg – the town of my birth, and was disturbed by the Black awareness that haunted me. There existed so many negative features in the community such as, restricted housing, people without jobs, children poorly educated, poor living standards – and no one seemed to care.
As Emancipation Day approaches, it is worthwhile to reflect on the meaning that Emancipation once held for people in Windsor-Essex County and beyond. When people talk about the heyday of “the Greatest Freedom Show on Earth,” what they often describe is the annual parade, the midway carnival, the Miss Sepia Pageant, talent shows and of course the famous barbeque pit.
In the midst of the Depression, a group of black women, all married, all mothers, met at Ardella Jacobs’ home in Windsor to form the Hour-A-Day Study club. As the name suggests, the women pledged themselves to devote an hour a day to individual reading and analysis, the better to fortify themselves, their children, and their community.
David Van DykeEarly Highlights: The Hour-A-Day Study Club