Be citizens of the world, Glover tells Black gathering in Toronto

Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown, American actor Danny Glover, Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and host Gwyn Chapman with some of the young people who came out to see the movie star.

Black American actor and political activist Danny Glove addressed a large gathering of Black people  at the First Baptist church in Toronto on Sunday.

Calling on them to play a more active role in the politics of the country, he said that they should see themselves as citizens of the world, even

(From left) Betty Burrows , Gwyn Chapman Danny Glover
And Toyosi Bello

though they may be Canadian citizens.

In his address, he acknowledged the historical significance ” of those who have gone before us,” the challenges facing people in the African diaspora and the common challenges of racism and injustice shared by African Americans and African Canadians.

Toronto community organizer and founder of the Canadian Black Caucus, Gwyn Chapman, had invited Glover  to Toronto  to talk about his experience  as an international advocate for political action aimed at “emancipating  people of African descent.”

She said that  Sunday’s event was part of ” an ongoing campaign to inspire and move our community to more civic engagements” and that Glover will be returning to Toronto to participate in a conference planned for African Canadian youth during the current school year. The First Baptist church in Toronto was established in 1826 by fugitive slaves.