Language selector

Living rights

The Living Rights Project, a web-based living library puts real people into the human rights discussion. 

S.S. St. Louis and human rights

On May 13th 1939, the ship S.S. St. Louis headed to Havana, Cuba from Hamburg, Germany. It was one of the last ships to leave Nazi Germany in 1939 before Europe became involved in World War II. The ship carried 937 Jewish refugees who were persecuted in Nazi Germany after the terrifying night of Kristallnacht, the night of the broken glass.


There is a lot of racism going on in countries such as Canada and the United States. People are getting beaten up for their skin colour, clothing, and religion. In this essay I am going to talk about racism that has been going on for a long time and which still happens now.

Paving the way for a better life

My name is Linda V. Carter and my family roots are West Indian. My mother and grandmother were from St. Kitts and my father's family is from Barbados. As a child I enjoyed the rich, Africa-rooted loves of family, music, great food, and camaraderie to the fullest. My father was one of only a few black lawyers in Toronto, and after 30 years of practice he became the first Canadian born Black judge.

The W5 Legacy

It happened on a bitterly cold day in February 1980. More than a thousand Chinese Canadians marched down Bloor Street from the University of Toronto to CTV head office on Charles Street. I was leading the march, together with Dr. Joseph Wong and Dr. Donald Chu. I sensed that we were making history.


Subscribe to RSS - Living rights