Whistling Dixie in Blackface in Quebec: A Provincial History by Dorothy Williams


Dorothy Williams will speak to the origins of blackface in Quebec, which will illuminate the normalization of Black caricature in the province's history. Today many wonder why Quebec continues to shrug off blackface incidents and they find themselves dismayed, even baffled at the blasé attitude that follows each incident, even after the Trudeau revelation. Blackface to some may be entertainment, but it has deep roots in the abasement of Blacks, first during plantation slavery and then in the post-Civil War Reconstruction years in the United States. That said, how does one explain the practice and acceptance of blackface in Quebec, then and now? This historical presentation may perhaps shed serious light on that question.


  • Schedule:
    • 2020-02-20 from 18:00 to 20:30
  • Language: English
  • Public code: Open to all
  • City: Montreal
  • Adress: 2515
  • Postal code: H3J-1K8
  • Price: Free
  • Regular price : $
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  • Phone: (514) 266-9682