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Montreal laureates of Black History Month

David Shelton and Charmaine Nelson in studio.jpgBlack History Month celebrations are well underway: theatre, films, musical performances, dance, comedy and workshops - all underlining the contribution and talents of a diverse black community.

Every year,12 laureates are chosen as well, and they're featured in a Black History Month calendar. Two of those laureates join guest host Shari Okeke in studio. 

David Shelton is one of the first black firefighters in Quebec (and known to many elementary school students as "Firefighter Dave").  He recently completed the selection process for captain. David Shelton was born in Detroit and moved to Montreal in the early 90s and became fluent in French. He's also very active in the local Black community here.

Charmaine Nelson is the first black professor to teach Art History at a Canadian university.
Her courses focus on the historical representation of Black people within the context of slavery in Western art. She teaches at McGill University and has authored five books.

Hear Part One and Part Two of their conversation:

(Photo of David Shelton and Charmaine Nelson by Tara Brockwell)

Part 1

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Part 2

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