Yukon Weekly

Saturday, September 24, 2022

A UBC student is leading the charge to create a Black library in Vancouver

A UBC student is leading an effort to establish a Black library in Vancouver

Key Takeaways:

  • In Vancouver, a UBC student is spearheading an effort to establish a Black library that will serve as a community hub.
  • Preyshon credits local community groups and activists for the renewed interest in Hogan’s Alley, which she says is a movement she wants to be a part of.

A UBC student in Vancouver is leading an effort to establish a Black library that she hopes will serve as a community hub.

Maya Preshyon said she was inspired to build the facility after noticing that Vancouver lacked cultural spaces for the Black community that other major cities do.

Preshyon informed Global News, “We saw the infrastructure deficit for the Black community as well as we ‘re trying to come up with a solution.”

“Of course, it’s a library, but it’s also a community gathering spot.” It will be a site where people can come to study, relax, and work without needing to pay for coffee every hour.”

Also read: Trucks bound for the U. S. are finally able to pass through Alberta’s blockades

Preyshon also sees the library as a community gathering place to host workshops or group therapy sessions.

The library should be located near Hogan’s Alley, Vancouver’s historically Black neighborhood, which was demolished in the 1970s to make more room for Georgia as well as Dunsmuir viaducts.

“Hogan’s Alley was just a place for individuals from the Black community as well as the Black diaspora to arrive together and have their cultural center,” Preyshon said, noting that the area’s history had gotten little attention until recently.

“As a Black person in Vancouver, I was never told about Hogan’s Alley. I had no idea Vancouver had a Black community; I had no idea Jimi Hendrix lived here.”

Preyshon attributes the renewed interest in Hogan’s Alley to local community groups and activists and says it’s a movement she wants to be a part of.

A UBC student is leading an effort to establish a Black library in Vancouver Student Services
A UBC student is leading an effort to establish a Black library in Vancouver. Image from Student Services

Meanwhile, Preyshon and her collaborators are looking for a venue, raising funds, and collecting as many books as they can.

They organize book drives and compile a “wish list” of roughly 150 titles.

“We prioritize books, literature, and works written by Black authors that emphasize and value the Black experience, as well as works in that vein,” she explained.

On the other hand, organizers want the space to function as a functional library with as large a selection as possible, and she said they wouldn’t turn down any book.

There appears to be a lot of enthusiasm for the concept.

Preyshon started a GoFundMe campaign for the library a week ago, and it quickly reached its $6,000 goal.

She’s raised her target to $35,000 in the hopes of securing a one-year lease for the library when it opens.

Source: Global News

Get Canada and Yukon’s top News, Market News, and other News of USA and worldwide only on yukonweekly.com

Show More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.