Celebrating a strong, creative, resilient Lunenburg County
NOW, MORE THAN EVER...
Story by Tina Hennigar
Photos by Gaven Burgoyne
Park View Education Centre student, Peter Fisk, can say he has two things in common with United States President, Barack Obama: they are both black men, and they are both community organizers.
Peter, together with his friend and co-worker at The Biscuit Eater, Lauryn Guest, were supporters of the global Black Lives Matter Movement when their activism was required close to home.
Greg Dean and Cyndi Rafuse were visiting a small beach in Chester when they experienced outward racism from a group of youth. Peter and Lauryn wanted to arrange a family-friendly event to show support for the couple while bringing awareness to the movement.
Why a picnic? “Nothing says family-friendly like a picnic,” Peter said of their idea. Hundreds of people showed up to show their support. Peter and Lauryn wanted to make sure other events happened and are committed to seeing that more conversations follow.
Growing up in rural Nova Scotia Peter has seen racism. “Mostly, I’ve experienced microaggressions,” Peter explained that microaggressions are subtle acts of leaving people out, not inviting them or excluding them from things. “They can be subtle, but you can see them. And they are hurtful,” he shared.
Despite that, Peter is hopeful and positive, especially since the picnic that he and Lauryn arranged. “It was just so positive and full of love. I felt truly respected and appreciated,” Peter hopes that this event will inspire real change.
“I hope it turns into a gateway for other people to do more events like this. I hope it helps create a more safe environment where people of colour and other marginalized people can find the supports they need,” Peter said.