Bringing African Nova Scotian experience to classroom

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A new resource featuring poems by local author George Borden will give Nova Scotia students an opportunity to explore African heritage throughout the year.

Borden today, Jan. 16, joined African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince to launch ‘I Never Heard Their Cry! Selected Poems of George Borden.’

"Preserving and promoting African Nova Scotian history is deeply important, especially for our young people, and I'm thrilled that Mr. Borden's work will be in schools for reflection and discussion," said Ince.

In the summer of 2011, Borden donated his poetry collection to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development so it could be shared with Nova Scotia students.

"Our Black story has not been told as it should have been, and only in a very few cases by Blacks. I'm trying to correct that," the author said.

The department published the collection, and, in the spring, will provide it to high schools as part of a local authors package. Additional copies will be given to African Canadian Studies 11 and English 12: African Heritage classes.

Borden is an author, poet, and songwriter from New Glasgow. He has written children's stories and gospel songs, and has published a trilogy of poetry works recounting the Black experience from Africa to modern day Nova Scotia. His work has also been published in numerous anthologies and provincial and national newspapers and magazines.

Organizations: African Nova Scotian, Department of Education and Early Childhood, African Canadian Studies 11 African Heritage

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, New Glasgow, Africa

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