B.R.A.W.L (Black Revolutionary Activists Women List)

OWTA is proud to present B.R.A.W.L (Black Revolutionary Activists Women List) as the topic of our 2019 Black History Month school tour. As the title suggests, B.R.A.W.L will enlighten students about the many heroic contributions black women have made in the struggle for black liberation throughout history, from slave plantations, all the way through present day. Using OWTA’s trademark edutainment style that combines education, Slam Poetry, Hip Hop, live theatre, stand up comedy, and audience participation/ interaction, B.R.A.W.L will address the far too often neglected sacrifices made by black women.

The presentation will run between 45 minutes to 1 hour, allowing for enough flexibility to accommodate school periods of varying lengths. The presentation will flow chronologically through history, giving students and administrators not only a vital introduction to outstanding black women throughout history, but a vital snap shot of the black experience during different historical eras. This structure will allow us to provide historical context to the climate with which the subjects of our presentation operated, while simultaneously shinning a light on their amazing accomplishments. Additionally, the presentation will showcase the contributions of African Canadian women in particular. The Black History Month conversation too often focuses solely on some of the towering figures of the civil rights movement in the United States of America. Therefore, it is of vital importance to us that students celebrate the sacrifices our own countrywomen who have made throughout history. While some American women will be mentioned, the emphasis will be primarily on African Canadians.

B.R.A.W.L subjects include:

Trail Blazers:Harriet Tubman 1822-1913 | Mary Ann Shadd 1823-1893

Disrupters:Rosa Parks 1913-2005 | Viola Desmond  1914-1965

Inside Operatives: Carrie Best 1903- 2001 | Jean Augustine 1937 – Present

Revolutionaries:Anne Cools 1944 – Present

New Radicals:
Janaya Kahn (Founder of Black Lives Matter Canada)
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometti (Founders of Black Lives Matter)


January 30: Parkdale Elementary (QC)

January 31: MacEwan University (Skype)

February 1: Villa Maria & Dorval Elementary (QC)

February 4: Beaconsfield High School & Sacred Heart (QC)

February 5: Villa St. Marceline & Dawson College (QC)

February 6: Champlain College (QC)

February 7: Kuper Academy & MacDonald High School (QC)

February 8: Westmount High School (QC)

February 11: Beurling Academy (QC)

February 12: Loyola High School & Riverdale High School (QC)

February 13: St. Thomas High School & Howard S. Billings (QC)

February 14: Académie Marie Claire (QC)

February 18: Place Cartier & Lakeside Academy (QC)

February 19: The Study & Lake of Two Mountains (QC)

February 21: Ardrossan Junior Senior High School (AB)

February 20: FR Haythorne Junior High (AB)

February 22: Rosedale School (AB)

February 25: Tamanawis Secondary (BC)

February 26: Mount Sentinel Secondary School & Brent Kennedy Elementary (BC)

February 27: L.V. Rogers Secondary School & Redfish Elementary School (BC)

February 28: JV Humphries Elementary-Secondary & Salmo Secondary School (BC)