CARRIE M. BEST
THE PASSING PARADE
It has become increasingly difficult for one to stand on the sidelines and merely watch the passing parade of human relations. There is no vacation period for those actively engaged in human rights.
The summer season drawing to a close has been the busiest in many months with round after round of meetings during a season normally reserved for slow-down and relaxation.
The dedication and seemingly inexhaustible energy of some of my associates have been a revelation to me.
It is all the more remarkable considering the fact that no honorariums or sitting-fees are paid directors - merely mileage, meals, and lodging.
FROM MOHAMMED TO THE MOUNTAIN
As it was I found myself busier during the past several weeks than any similar period during five years of active involvement.
I saw many changes in personnel. I saw the Nova Scotia Human Rights and Civil Liberties move their Directorate from Halifax to Truro where interested citizens attended the open meeting and participated in informal open dialogue with the Directors concerning problems.
"People Participation" was evident and various groups, tenants and taxpayers alike were telling it -- like it is for social action as never before.
THE GARBAGE OF HISTORY
"They brought the garbage trucks and moved, us out of our community," one women told a panel of experts brought to Halifax during "Encounter." The Community was Africville, a Black Community on the outskirts of Halifax.
Was the "Expulsion of the Africans" a blessing in disguise? I am inclined to believe that it was.
As a result of this, every Black Community in Nova Scotia will remember Africville -- and assess their status as citizens as it relates to Urban Renewal and Industrial Expansion.
LEST WE FORGET
The Community of Beechville remembers a similar situation. Removal plans for this area was the purpose for the visit of three members of the Black Panther organization to Halifax in December 1968 and the fear-haunted days which followed.
The Black Community of Linconville in Guysborough Co. will remember being given a 30-day notice to pay all tax arrears or move off the land.
The rumor that explorations have discovered the possibility of oil deposits in the area persists.
Legality of the notices, assessments, and squatters rights are being investigated.
Vale Road residents of New Glasgow will recall the controversial 10-year tax statements of February 1968. They remembered recently when a delegation of informed black ratepayers from this area and South Albert Street met with the Mayor and Councillors to ask questions concerning developments in their respective areas. The questions and answers will be analyzed in a later issue.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
I saw a new awareness on the part of many Black people. That there is definitely a new breed