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Canada has made multiculturalism and racial harmony key to its international representation as a country, however, most Canadians are unaware of their country's history due to the reluctance of schools to teach it. This educational blind spot inspires an Ontarian school teacher, Preston Chase, to embark on a cinematic journey to tell the story of Walter Perry - the man behind the largest Emancipation Day celebration in the world in Windsor, Canada - in the hope of raising public awareness about Black history and Canada's little-known history of slavery and discrimination and preserving it for the next generations. For history to be learned, it must be taught.

Reza Sameni

Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story

Preston Chase

Director:

Preston Chase is a seventh generation Black Canadian. Born to a single mother in the Black community of downtown Windsor, Ontario, Chase went on to become a high school teacher. He is also the family historian and a passionate advocate for greater awareness of a historic Black community, time has forgotten.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Preston Chase

Producer

Preston Chase, William Chase

Cinematographer

Bob Jackson

Editor

John Hepworth

Principal Cast

N/A

Preston Chase

DOCUMENTARY | 62 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | TORONTO PREMIERE

Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story