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HALIFAX - "I don't want to ...
HALIFAX - "I don't want to be just entertainment for you," said Burnley "Rocky" Jones, as he opened his talk at Dalhousie University Tuesday.
"At the end of what I say, it's then your turn ...
The question will be: What can we do?"
Jones is a lawyer, an activist and founder of the Dalhousie Transition Year Program, the Dalhousie Law School Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaq Initiative, the Black United Front of Nova Scotia and Ujamaa.
talk with stories from his
childhood, growing up in the Marsh in Truro.
"The Marsh was a Black community.
We had 14 Black families and three White families.
We were all poor, although we didn't know it."
been able to accomplish what he
has because of the love, support and strength he
received from his
tight-knit community, particularly from the women.
traced the history of Black people in Nova Scotia, from when they arrived in 1605 and "were viewed as a source of cheap and readily available labour."
challenged the mostly White audience to recognize the ways they've benefited from Black oppression.
"You, collectively, you benefit from the fact that slavery existed and that Black people were used as cheap and readily available labour," said Jones
"That's been passed down through generations ...Those benefits that you enjoy, you enjoy them because we've been exploited."
"That's the hard part for the White people in this room," Jones
CBSC's Panel Adjudicators
Rocky Jones is the Managing Lawyer in the firm of B.A. "Rocky" Jones & Associates in Halifax, Nova Scotia.In addition to his broad area of legal practice, which covers labour law, criminal law, human rights and aboriginal law, among many other fields, "Rocky" has had considerable experience in field of Legal Aid and has been extremely involved in the area of human rights.He has dedicated his formidable energies to various areas of African-Canadian and aboriginal activities, developing agencies, teaching history to African-Canadian and First Nations peoples at Dalhousie University, lecturing throughout North America on the Black Experience, human rights and contemporary issues in the field of Corrections.Jones developed Kwacha House, Eastern Canada's first inner city self-help program, created and set in motion the Hero (Oral History) Project on Black Culture in Nova Scotia and served as the Executive Director of R.O.P.E. (Real Opportunities for Prisoner Employment).
Congratulations to Rocky Jones, ...
Congratulations to Rocky Jones, volunteer for Capital Health's Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Health in Motion Program, who was recently honoured with an Order of Nova Scotia.
Rocky helped establish the Black United Front of Nova Scotia and the National Black Coalition of Canada.
He was instrumental in creating Dalhousie University's transition year program to help overcome educational inequities faced by First Nations and African-Canadian students, and the Indigenous Blacks and Mi'kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie University's law school.
In the following interview, conducted on ...
In the following interview, conducted on July 9, 2000, Clarke recounts foundational events and figures from his childhood and youth, including mentors such as activist Rocky Jones and artist and actor Walter Borden.
I'm thinking of people like Rocky Jones who was very, very influential in the Black community in the '60s and even now, even today, is still influential, but especially back then because he
was very interested in trying to import a Martin Luther King/Malcolm X/Black Panther Party model of social change to the Black community in Nova Scotia.
And of course that didn't go over all that well because the community was still fairly conservative and especially amongst older Black people, but at the same time, the younger Black people were very interested in what Rocky was saying and trying to do.
And so he
did get some initiatives going.
helped to organize what became the Black United Front
of Nova Scotia, which lasted until 1996, so we had a good twenty-eight year run at least, or slightly more than that, as the pre-eminent Black secular organization in the province.
That was basically his
idea, although more conservative elements took it over, which always happens, and they remained in place for the next twenty-eight years or so, until finally provincial funding ended.
was also instrumental in getting the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
started, which came about in 1970 as well.
That was also Rocky's doing, more or less; an extremely important person in terms of contemporary Black Canadian politics.
got that one going.
He then went to Dalhousie where he took an MA in history and got started the transition year program at Dalhousie.
It was primarily targeting Black and Micmac youth.
And then, what else did he
I mean he
was just involved in everything.
But then when I was older, eighteen or nineteen, I started trying to do my own very limited organizing of Black youth in Nova Scotia, Rocky
, again was one of those people who was very in my corner giving me advice and support and so on.
wanted to get out of the province, he
was from Truro, small Black community in Truro, which is about 100 kilometers from Halifax, and he
had had enough when he
was a young man.
just had enough of racism and the feeling of just being oppressed in the province.
So he got out, joined the Canadian army and then somehow ended up in the US, I am not sure about that part of it.
That's when I really started getting involved with Rocky
In fact it was Rocky who suggested that I go to the University of Waterloo, which was a really bizarre choice, because there I am a kid in Halifax, I graduated in 1978from high school, I was not really certain I wanted to go to university, not really certain at all.
had an old Bob Dylan album which I now own.
I borrowed it and I still have it.
might find out-
might find out.
But you know, he
had like The Funk Brothers, he
had everything from the sixties.
Walter was staying there, and Rocky
and Joan had this huge house on Windsor Street in Halifax and one room was a library.
Because Rocky was working in the program, a program he had helped to start.
took part in it as well.
I think Rocky
got fired, Sylvia quit, Walter got fired, I was there when Walter got fired, I mean I wasn't working for them but I was hanging around, and oh yeah, David Woods got fired-our problem was, we kept wanting, but it was provincially funded, it was federally funded.
But everybody knew, make a phone call from Rocky
and Joan's and you know you are going to be in somebody's file forever.
We got all the people who had been involved in the Central Planning Committee
came out of woodwork again, Rocky
, Sylvia, etc, and we got things going.
CBSC | Media Release
Rocky Jones is the Managing Lawyer in the firm of B.A. "Rocky" Jones & Associates in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In addition to his broad area of legal practice, which covers labour law, criminal law, human rights and aboriginal law, among many other fields, "Rocky" has had considerable experience in field of Legal Aid and has been extremely involved in the area of human rights.
He has dedicated his formidable energies to various areas of African-Canadian and aboriginal activities, developing agencies, teaching history to African-Canadian and First Nations peoples at Dalhousie University, lecturing throughout North America on the Black Experience, human rights and contemporary issues in the field of Corrections.
Jones developed Kwacha House, Eastern Canada's first inner city self-help program, created and set in motion the Hero (Oral History) Project on Black Culture in Nova Scotia and served as the Executive Director of R.O.P.E. (Real Opportunities for Prisoner Employment).
It is equally valuable for us to have Rocky's
and Randy's perspective and view on the varied matters which arise under the many other Code articles which come before the Council."