When Dr. Lionel Carmant returned to the Montreal Children’s Hospital earlier this week to give a speech for Black History Month, it was a homecoming of sorts. It is where the pediatric neurologist completed part of his training in the 1990s.
Black students, claiming discrimination, organized what became the largest student occupation in Canadian history – ending with 97 arrests, and for one protest organizer – jail. What have we learned a half-century later?
Fifty years after what became known as the Sir George Williams riot, one of the students whose allegations of racism triggered the explosive events says it's a shame they were never able to receive a fair hearing.