Black History Month takes place all of February. With that, we wanted to do something to highlight the achievements and stories from people of colour in the Mohawk College/Hamilton community.
The MSA has teamed up with third-year Mohawk journalism students to promote a special edition issue of the Mohawk College newspaper, Ignite News.
This edition has been worked on for two months by students in the journalism program. They have interviewed, researched, and highlighted a diverse group of amazing individuals around Hamilton. The issue will be out the last week of February (very soon!), but we wanted to give a sneak peek of some of the incredible people feature in this issue.
A Neuroscientist and a Mohawk College professor. She initially got started in neurosciences because her sister was born prematurely, and she didn't want to see other families struggle like hers. Doyle-Thomas and her family immigrated to Canada when she was nine-years-old. After several years as a Neuroscientist, she began teaching at the University of Toronto and Wilfred Laurier as a guest lecturer. Doyle-Thomas is currently one of three professors who work in the Brain Disorders and Mental Health and Disability Management programs at Mohawk College.
Liam Tyndall, also known by his stage name LTTHEMONK, is a UK-born rapper who moved to Hamilton to attend Mohawk College and pursue his music dreams. It wasn't always easy for LT, but he has grown so much since he arrived in Canada and is now working on his fourth official album. LT is a big part of the Hamilton music scene, whether it's recording with his friends he met at Mohawk or even performing at one of Hamilton's biggest music festivals, Supercrawl. LT blends his exceptional lyrical talent with a groovy sound that will make you want to get up and dance.
A 25-year-old graduate of the Child and Youth Care program at Mohawk. She is currently working, during COVID, at the HWDSB and Lynwood Charlton Centre. Times can be tough especially with so many restrictions in place, but Agbonkpolor still brings her infectious smile to work every single day.
She is a proud black woman and will always stand strong for her culture.
This is just a small sneak peak of some of the amazing people Ignite News has featured in this month's special issue. This issue celebrates people of colour. We hope you will support the amazing journalism students and read a few of the profiles in the issue.
We will post a link to the issue once it becomes available.
Written by: Kyle Hooper
Student Social Media Assistant