The Agenda examines the legacy of South Africa's first black chief executive, his role in dismantling apartheid and tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality while emphasizing reconciliation.
In a 2003 conversation with Allan Gregg the former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario talks about his life as the son of a railroad porter and a maid through to his role in working on the issue of police racial profiling. He passed away in 2012. Steve Paikin remembers the trailblazer.
Artist and Authors
Agenda producer Elamin Abdelmahmoud only learned about his own Blackness after emigrating from Sudan and living in Canada. He discovered much about being Black and most curiously that it's not optional. Elamin talks to Rwandan-Canadian rapper Shad about expressions of Blackness and authentic identity.
Baratunde Thurston, writer for The Onion, and comic has written a series of essays with a satirical edge about being black. He shares insights from his thirty-some years of being black, with Steve Paikin on the Agenda.
The Queen's University historian talks with Allan Gregg about the social, legal and attitudinal inequality experienced by Black Canadians after slavery in Canada was abolished in 1834.
The Nobel prize-winning novelist talks with Allan Gregg about some of the themes in her novels, including the good things in Black communities that were lost with desegregation.
The multi-award winning novelist tells Allan Gregg about his story of Aminata Diallo, her surviving slavery and crippling losses, her struggle to return to Africa and her eventual inspiration to abolitionists.
The author and historian talks with Allan Gregg about her books that tell the stories of two slaves for whom literacy was key to their emancipation.
The author of "Midnight Robber" says, we live in a racist world where assumptions about the other must be challenged. To her it is criminal not to. More thoughts from the Caribbean-Canadian writer.
Entrepreneur, Health Professional, Educator, Activist
The Toronto businessman is executive director of the proposed tourist destination and education centre that would explore and celebrate African-Canadian history and experience. He talks to Steve Paikin about his vision for its potential future development on the Toronto waterfront.
The Medical Director of Diversity and Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health talks with Steve Paikin about his experience as a black man living in the cities of London, U.K., Boston and now Toronto.
The chair of the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at OISE says it's a mistake to consider the Black community as homogenous. Class politics and colour politics as well are evident there. More thoughts from the interdisciplinary scholar.
The co-founder with Huey Newton of the revolutionary socialist organization talks with Allan Gregg about the Black Power movement in the United States from the 1960s through early eighties and its call to protect Black communities from police brutality.
Percy Julian was one of the first African-Americans to earn a doctorate in chemistry and would receive over 130 chemical patents and 18 honorary degrees by the end of his career. But as an African-American in the early 20th century, he had to overcome personal and professional racism every step of the way.
In the inner-city housing project of Toronto's Regent Park, Kendell and Mikey are in the process of transformation, as are their surroundings; the environment and social pressure tempt them to make poor choices; their mothers and mentors root for them to succeed.