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The West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA)

Kemba Mitchell, Mrs. White and Rashawn Greenidge


In this video, Kemba Mitchell is an African-Canadian anglophone female. She has curly black hair, is wearing large hooped earrings, and has on an African printed mask. She’s also wearing a Black t-shirt with Black Lives Matter artwork, and has on a Black power bracelet hanging from her left wrist.


Note

  • Kemba wrote and voiced over this description.


Mrs. White


In this video, Mrs. White is a senior Black woman that presents besides Kemba Mitchell. Mrs. White has on a tight black head wrap and wears a black shirt with a black and white image on it.


Rashawn Greenidge


In this video, Rashawn Greenige, a Black male with short black hair and a goatee, presents in front of a well-lit white wall. Greenidge is wearing a black shirt with a black and white image on it. All the presenters are wearing the same shirt.

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The West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA)

with Kemba Mitchell, Mrs. White and Rashawn Greenidge

Founded in 1982, the West Island Black Community Association (WIBCA) provides robust community programs and services in support of Black community members of all ages and the broader West Island population.

In this video

Themes

Generational knowledge

Anti-Black racism

WIBCA members Kemba Mitchell, Mrs. White and Rashawn Greenidge represent three generations of community organizers. Greenidge is an aspiring entrepreneur and holds a diploma in Communications, Media and Studio Arts from Vanier College. Mitchell is the chairperson of WIBCA and a Black mother. Eileen White is one of the founders of WIBCA, a Black mother and cherished elder.

This video explores the WIBCA’s history, objectives and future aspirations. Founder Eileen White discusses the ways in which WIBCA was created to support the success of Black youth and provide the tools for the community to navigate Canadian society.

As the chairperson, Kemba Mitchell has been active in maintaining WIBCA as the backbone for Black communities in the West Island. As the Black youth member, Rashawn Greenidge shares his role in supporting the younger generation in becoming leaders of tomorrow.

Taking action

  • Be a part of the solution by connecting with the West Island Black Community Association

  • Pass the torch — invest in anti-racist teaching and learning strategies to inspire the next generation of thinkers

  • Lead by example — practice what you teach

  • Cultivate teaching and learning that aligns with this sentiment: “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” — Coretta Scott King

Resources

Sticky Rice magazine

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