Sunday, August 7, 2011

May Frith

Professor of applied linguistics, black culture historian

Born in Jamaica in 1925; died in Ottawa in 2011.

Arrived in Montreal in 1960s; moved to Ottawa in 1987.

Had a teaching career at McGill University as a professor of applied linguistics for 20 years before moving to Ottawa.

Established the Harambee Education Centre in Ottawa, a community-based program that helped young black students gain an appreciation of their culture and history. Harambee means “let’s pull together” in Swahili.

Gave local workshops to develop awareness and respect for Caribbean heritage languages, such as Creole.

Was on the original board of directors for Black History Ottawa.

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