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Reclaiming Hidden Histories: Researching, Writing, and Re-Imagining Community Narratives

October 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Building research, connecting with the material, editing, finding the right voice…writing is an interactive process. Reclaiming Hidden Histories: Researching, Writing, and Re-Imagining Community Narratives presents Irene Moore Davis in discussion of her current work Our Own Two Hands: Black Lives in Windsor from the 1700s Forward, a response to Charlotte Perry’s seminal work The Long Road, and the process of conceptualizing and interacting with Windsor Essex’s African Canadian history. Multidisciplinary artists Teajai Travis and Talysha Bujold-Abu will offer a follow-up discussion to writing and responding to this history, how the interaction of writing and research develops in many forms, including poetry, music, fiction, artistic response, walking tours, and more. Methods of archival research, modes of storytelling, and developing characters will be discussed. By Donation.

Presented in partnership with BookFest/Festival du Livre Windsor 



Irene Moore Davis – Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, historian and author Irene Moore Davis is President of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society and fulfills committee roles with the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum, Amherstburg Freedom Museum, BookFest Windsor, and other organizations. Irene was part of the writing and editorial team for African Canadian Roads to Freedom, resource manuals which help local Grade 1 through 12 teachers integrate Black history into their everyday curriculum; and she was one of several Canadian and U.S. historians to contribute chapters to the book A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland (Wayne State University Press, 2016) and the anthology, By the River. Her most recent work is Our Own Two Hands: A History of Black Lives in Windsor from the 1700s Forward. She enjoys speaking about African Canadian history to a wide variety of audiences. In her professional life, Irene is the manager responsible for Continuing Education and English language programs at St. Clair College, where she also teaches Underground Railroad history.

Teajai Travis (he/him) – is an art educator with Arts Can Teach, the Founder and Director of The Bloomfield House, the Windsor Windsor Center, and a board member with The Friends of the Court and Literary Arts Windsor. He is currently working on a collection of poetry titled Born Enslaved: A Freedom Story, and a collection of short stories of the same name. The work shares his Ancestors’ heroic journey from slavery to freedom. He describes his creative style as “lyrical hood spit,” a reflection of his upbringing in one of Windsor ‘s public housing communities – and proudly claims’ Westside for Life’. In the anthology By the River, published by Urban Farmhouse Press, he describes his style as “channeling the desperate melodies of a pawn shop saxophone, praying abstract jazz to the whispers of a misunderstood Harlem Renaissance; black “. Inspired by the works of Nikki Giovanni, Dick Gregory, James Baldwin, Afua Cooper and Sal Williams, Teajai uses a poetic language to share the complexities of struggle and triumph from his unique lens.


Talysha Bujold-Abu (she/her) – holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Windsor (2018) and is recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award – Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity (2018). Bujold-Abu is an illustrator, researcher and arts educator – currently the Gallery Manager & Membership Coordinator with Arts Council Windsor & Region; a non-profit organization that programs and supports all disciplines of the creative arts in partnership with local artists, and arts-organizations. Bujold-Abu has spoken and exhibited at the Intersections Cross Sections Conference in Toronto, ON (2018) and participated in the Structures of Anticipation Research Symposium and Exhibition in Windsor, ON (2019). Exhibitions include: Art is a Living Thing in Masterton NZ, The Truth Has Legs in Leamington ON, and The Body Electric – Diversity in Residency Education: Training in a World of Differences, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC) fall of 2019, in Ottawa ON.

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Arts Council Windsor & Region ⋅ 519-252-2787 ⋅ info@acwr.net

Artspeak Gallery

1942 Wyandotte Street East
Windsor, ON N8Y 1E4 Canada

Phone: 519-252-2787