Join Dr. Karen Flynn (University of Illinois) as she brings us the story of Gloria Baylis, a Black nurse working in Montreal in the 1960s who won the first racial discrimination in employment case in Canada through the trial: Her Majesty the Queen vs. Hilton of Canada Ltd. (aka the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal). Through Gloria’s story, we can see behind the facade of this significant Canadian hotel and explore the intersection of race, class, gender, and the transnational nature of Canadian history.
Dr. Flynn talks passionately about why we need to bring Gloria’s story into every history classroom, to learn about these groundbreaking court cases history has forgotten.
Helpful LinksMore information here:
Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora – Karen Flynn
The life and legacy of Gloria Baylis, a Canadian trailblazer in human rights – CBC
Gloria Baylis Court Case – Halifax Examiner
Mother’s 1960s court battle inspires former MP to fight Bill 21 – Montreal Gazette
Charness Racial Discrimination in Employment- Case of Gloria Baylis