Eddie Carvery is preparing for his 40th winter at the Africville protest and the province of Nova Scotia is entering the 20th year since it first promised to rebuild the Africville church, a promise Halifax made again in February 2010.
Eddie and his brother Victor are doing their job; it's time for the rest of us to do ours. My California colleague Michael Lawlor and I have started a social media campaign to press Halifax and Nova Scotia to finally make good on the promise to rebuild the Africville church.
You can read about it here: http://www.jontattrie.ca/africville/StandwiththeHermit.htm
The idea is to create a snowstorm of emails, tweets and Facebook posts so that Mayor Kelly and others don't forget this time. The email is below - copy and paste it, add your name and email it. Then ask your friends to do the same.
Eddie's camp has no running water, no electricity, no phone and no internet. He is very excited about others picking up where he must leave off.
CC: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mayor Kelly,
In the apology you made to the people of Africville on February 24, 2010, as referenced in “The Hermit of Africville: the Life of Eddie Carvery” by Halifax journalist Jon Tattrie, you addressed the destruction of the Africville church. You said:
“We apologize for the heartache experienced at the loss of the Seaview United Baptist Church, the spiritual heart of the community, removed in the middle of the night. We acknowledge the tremendous importance the church had, both for the congregation and the community as a whole.”
You also promised to reconstruct the Seaview United Baptist Church, a promise Nova Scotia first made in 1991.
Although Martin Luther King III broke the soil on the church site 18 years ago to signify its reconstruction, and the Halifax Regional Municipality has agreed to contribute $3 million toward rebuilding the church, the site still remains empty.
When will the project to rebuild the church begin?
I think 2010 will be remembered as the year we began using social media tools to share information about the destruction of Africville by the City in 1967 and Eddie Carvery's protest there, which is now entering its 41st year.
I look forward to your reply.