This year is the 160th anniversary of Black troops entering the Union Army. Join in on a discussion about African-Canadians and their journey crossing the border and their contributions in the war against slavery.

Panelists include:

• Dean Calbreath - Pulitzer-winning journalist and author of "The Sergeant," about Nicholas Said, an African-born sergeant in the Union Army, who traveled extensively throughout Africa, Middle East and Europe, before arriving in the U.S. (by way of Canada) on the eve of the Civil War.

• Richard Reid - Canadian historian and author of several books revolving around Black soldiers who fought to free the slaves, including "African Canadians in Union Blue: Volunteering for the Cause in America's Civil War."

• Michael Fraser - Award-winning Toronto poet, whose latest book, "The Day-Breakers," is an homage to African-Canadians who fought in the American Civil War. It was listed by CBC Books among the best Canadian poetry of 2022.

Event Date

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

North York Central Library

5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M2N 5N9