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Black History Month Film

The Road Taken (1996)

This 1996 National Film Board documentary takes a nostalgic ride through history to present the experiences of Black sleeping-car porters who worked on Canada's railways from the early 1900s through the 1960s. There was a strong sense of pride among these men and they were well-respected by their community. Yet, harsh working conditions prevented them from being promoted to other railway jobs until finally, in 1955, porter Lee Williams took his fight to the union.

Claiming discrimination under the Canada Fair Employment Act, the Blacks won their right to work in other areas. Interviews, archival footage and the music of noted jazz musician Joe Sealy (whose father was a porter) combine to portray a fascinating history that might otherwise have been forgotten. (

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.


Phone: 905.639.3611
Branch manager
Heather Martyn

Mon, Oct 26 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Tue, Oct 27 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Oct 28 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Oct 29 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Fri, Oct 30 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Sat, Oct 31 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Nov 01 12:00PM to 5:00PM

About the library

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Upcoming events

Thu, Nov 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
A virtual Meet the Author talk with Halton Community Climate Reads Register