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Meet Quebec's Black Changemakers

This CBC series highlights inspiring people making a difference.

New CBC series highlights inspiring people making a difference

In celebration of Black History Month, CBC Montreal is recognizing current-day changemakers who are helping to shape our future. (Naskademini)

In celebration of Black History Month, CBC Quebec is recognizing current-day changemakers who are helping to shape our future. Our goal is to highlight individuals from the province's Black communities who are making positive changes, giving back and inspiring others.

Nominations are now closed but the response was overwhelming. We received more than 500 nominations. Nominees are artists, creators, health-care workers, educators, entrepreneurs, community organizers and everyone in between.

Starting Feb. 1 and then daily throughout the month, we will reveal the finalists across our platforms. In addition to the 28 profiles, we will also publish an "honourable mentions" list at the end of February.

Click on the links below to get to know the CBC Quebec Black Changemakers.

Kevin Calixte

Created an online talk show that has become a rallying space for his community


Joan Lee

A volunteer continuing a legacy of community work on Montreal's West Island


Balarama Holness

Making Montreal more equitable and inclusive


Roen Higgins

An artist and educator empowering her community


Ndeye Dieynaba Ndiaye

A professor whose journey from Senegal to Europe to Quebec City inspires her work


Trevor Williams

A former Olympian giving kids opportunities to play sports and learn life skills


Clarence Bayne

A community leader helping to create institutions to combat racism


Stephanie Bumba

A nurse clinician shedding light on pioneering Black scientists


Aly Ndiaye

A hip hop artist revealing Quebec's hidden history


Blxck Cxsper

Creating a space for trans people to make music, together


Myrna Lashley

Challenging systemic racism, one institution at a time


Nancy Falaise

Helping Black women embrace their hair, curls and all


Renate Betts

Building up a neighbourhood through her work


Nate Sanders

This high school student is helping Black youth speak up for themselves


Marie-Livia Beaugé

This tireless lawyer and activist wants to transform how we see justice


Frantz Saintellemy

Levelling the playing field for entrepreneurs of colour


Denburk Reid

Helping guide the next generation of Montrealers


Fabiola Ngamaleu Teumeni and Mariame Touré

Creators of Black Girls Gather, a space to read and share experiences


Will Prosper

Organizer and filmmaker shows how everyday people can lift up their community


Michelle Osbourne

A Quebec City woman helping others be 'unapologetic'


Fabrice Vil

Lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur uses sports to combat inequality


Elle Barbara

Creating community through ballroom culture


Akilah Newton

Turning a passion for the arts into a vocation


Suzanne Taffot

A lawyer and opera singer on a mission


Gabriella Garbeau

Making sure diverse voices are heard, one book at a time


Sabrina Jafralie

This teacher and activist inspires her students to change the world


For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.

(CBC)

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