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Pourin' Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West

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The 30th anniversary edition of Cheryl Foggo's landmark work about growing up Black on the Canadian prairies

Cheryl Foggo came of age during the 1960s in Calgary, a time when a Black family walking down the street still drew stares from everyone they passed. She grew up in the warm embrace of a community of extended family and friends, with roots in the Black migration of 1
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 6th 2020 by Brush Education
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Mary Cannon
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, canadian
I really enjoyed this short autobiography. The author's voice is entertaining, and she relates her experience discovering her identity as a Black Canadian in an honest and thoughtful way that makes her story just as relevant today as when the book was first published. I especially found the last part fascinating. It briefly traces her ancestry from Africa to 1800s America, through the civil war. It is a unique history and one that interestingly highlights issues of racial identity, that again, a ...more
Wminbc
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An oral history of homesteaders to Canada's West...

I enjoyed her style and the story like feel to the book. Her youthful naivete was full of hope and joy, but as she grew and began to learn the real history of her family and of the "Blacks" in Canada her voice certainly shifted. I related to a lot of her stories of grandparents and great-grandparents as mine were settlers in New Finland Saskatchewan.

A definite must read for all Canadians to hear a voice that they might not have heard growing up.
Emma Wight
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Canadians owe it to themselves to read this. It overflows with humanity, respect, and love.
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So much we don't know but we all have a story - we all have a history.
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