We dedicate this 29 th edition to the young people who have set themselves apart and are leading us into the future. When it comes to safeguarding our rights, values, customs and responsibilities
We dedicate this 29 th edition to the young people who have set themselves apart and are leading us into the future. When it comes to safeguarding our rights, values, customs and responsibilities, we know we can count on you. Your courage and perseverance in the struggle for equality and justice continue to serve as a unifying force for us in these uncertain times. You are the generation that will break down the walls of division and establish true respect, allowing you to take your rightful place. It's never too late: You’ve already put your shoulders to the wheel—this is the time and place to act. Through your boldness, you—the ambassadors and drivers of solutions—can force the powers that be to open the doors of opportunity for all Black people. Your expertise and contributions are as vital and essential as the equality of rights, justice and the law, which must protect all people of African descent and allow them to live in a well-preserved environment, and contribute to science and digital technologies, here and now. If before we were confined to specific jobs, with only our dreams to give us hope, we were also inventors and entrepreneurs. However, your generation will answer the call to take its place all over the job market and wherever innovation is happening. Here and now, your actions will be strong and dynamic like those of so many of the young people at your sides. Be the leaders, as your mothers and fathers were, following the examples of Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, Toni Morrison, Viola Desmond, Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr., Tupac, Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Winnie Mandela, Biggie Smalls— and closer to our own times, Colin Kaepernick and Barack Obama—so that the young people after you can draw inspiration from your knowledge and realize what it is to be a Black man or woman who is fulfilled and feels valued in a sometimes-hostile world. Your efforts and sacrifices are already—and will continue to be—substantial. Through you, the promises of our elders will be fulfilled, where all members of Black communities see better days. We would like to applaud the City of Montreal’s support for the fight against violence of all kinds and their acknowledgment of the slave trade as a crime against humanity. We thank Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion for their financial support. If the ‘60s were the beginning of an awakening of our consciousness, here and now 50 years later, it’s you—this year’s young laureates—who are the inheritors of the struggle for civil rights. Congratulations and let’s continue to work together to defend equality by spreading peace, liberty and justice for all!