In Honour of Charles Roach
Charles Roach (1933-2012) was a Canadian civil rights lawyer and an activist in the Black community in Toronto. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, he arrived in Canada in 1955. Politicized by the civil rights movement he became a lawyer.
Roach worked as a staff lawyer for the city of Toronto in the 1960s, while also participating and organizing marches and demonstrations for equal rights. He opened his own law practice in 1968. Among his clients were Black Panthers attempting to seek refuge in Canada from prosecution in the US. He also represented domestic workers being deported in the 1970s. He further became a vocal critic of the police, accusing them of racism.
Through his work over a 50-year period, Roach became a leading figure in Toronto’s civil rights and Black community. He was also an accomplished author, poet and musician.
Featuring local poets and spoken word artists:
Bänoo Zan, Ayesha Chatterjee, Ali Abbas, Susan Jameel, Karim Sha’alan,
Sean Ratcliffe, Sharang Naman, Ikhwan Allani and Steve Hall
– Doors open at 12:50