Updated: Mar 31, 2021
“When you leave the front door and you don’t know where you are going,
the wind will blow you everywhere.”
sipho kwaku (Russell Ashby), was born in Trinidad in 1957. His family came to Toronto from Trinidad and he and his five siblings lived at 795 College Street where they were for a time, the only Black family in the Italian/Scottish/Irish enclave. The family lived on College Street for ten years before moving to Scarborough. For sipho, his cultural awareness began when Ken Jeffers started the Black Community Action Committee (BCAC), at the YMCA. You can hear the pride in his voice when he speaks about how powerful it was to be able to gather with so many young Black people.
sipho believers it's important to talk to our children. He says we don't have a youth problem - we have an adult problem. "We have not told our stories to young people, so they are missing a big piece. We are not ready to share who we are, because we don’t know who we are."