Team Members: Cheryll Case - Urban Planner, Project Management; Anyika Mark - Community Integration; Jasmine Mohamed - Research and co-editing; Alexander ‘AJ” Bimm - Research, photography & co-editing; Amina Ali - Community Outreach; Claudia Pensa Bowen - Community Outreach; Valeria Amponsah - Community Outreach; Ayat Salih - Community Outreach; Yazid Nour - Photography; Zabrina Dacres - Photography
Between September 2019 and August 2020 Community in Public and Black Urbanism TO partnered to design and deliver the Black Futures on Eglinton cultural mapping study. This study implemented creative approaches to identifying, celebrating, and supporting the cultural strength within Eglinton Avenue West area, lovingly known as 'Little Jamaica' to many. As part of this study, locals and community allies of a wide variety of ages, ethnicities, and lived experienced engaged in solidarity to exchange thoughts that together make up their vision for Black futures on Eglinton.
This report includes a cultural map of Stories of Arrival, Presence in Land and Space, Community Leadership, and concludes with a summary of Vision statements and recommendations to the City of Toronto Council on how they can implement the included community vision. The Black Futures on Eglinton study implemented processes that divert from common anti-Black practices within community planning, and the implementation of recommendations included serve to support the City’s achievement of their Action Plan to confront Anti-Black racism.
Kwame 'Symbolik" Newman-Bremang