Non-Fiction Books:

Halifax Confronts Race

Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Here are some other products you might consider...

Halifax Confronts Race

The Extraordinary Story of the Public Encounter Sessions of 1970


Paperback / softback

Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

Halifax Confronts Race by Robert Ashe
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order


Amid simmering social unrest in the late 1960s, Halifax invited twelve outside urban planning experts and community activists to take part in a remarkable social experiment: a week of events examining and critiquing the city's management, decisions, policies, and personnel. Each day was spent in secret meeting with local and provincial civil servants. But every evening was spent hearing from community members about how Halifax was being run by those in power, in sessions broadcast live on local CBC television. The process brought to light the realities and conflicts of city life: poverty, unemployment, bad housing, homelessness. But above all was the issue of race -- and the often undisguised racism of the majority towards the city's Afro-Canadian population. Emerging from the story is a host of fascinating characters ranging from the charismatic black leader Rocky Jones to the unabashed racists then in positions of power in the police, city government, and local business. With racism an ongoing challenge for Nova Scotia, this account of a recent and mostly-forgotten episode in Halifax history has immediate relevance for a city wrestling with issues of equality, diversity, and inclusiveness.

Author Biography

Born and raised in Halifax, ROBERT ASHE began his journalism career in 1978 and has worked as a sportswriter, editor, photographer, crime reporter, and feature writer for several daily and weekly newspapers. Robert worked as a communication specialist and senior advisor in the federal government for 27 years. He has written four books, Just Enough Fog to Keep it Cool, Even the Babe Came to Play, Halifax Champion: Black Power in Gloves, and They Called Me Chocolate Rocket, a memoir he collaborated on with professional hockey coach and Haligonian John Paris Jr. Robert lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Release date NZ
April 2nd, 2019
Formac Publishing Company Limited
Product ID

Customer previews

Nobody has previewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Preview

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...

Buy this and earn 155 Banana Points