Valerie Jerome discusses her book RACES with Bruce Kidd

Join the University of Toronto on Wednesday, February 28th for a Black History Month event featuring Valerie Jerome and her new book, Races: The Trials & Triumphs of Canada’s Fastest Family. The Jerome family’s impressive list of athletic accomplishments should be a source of national pride. Valerie’s grandfather, John “Army” Howard, became Canada’s first Black Olympian in 1912. Her brother, Harry Jerome, was an Olympic medalist and world record holder who at one point was known as the world’s fastest man. Despite their stunning athletic accomplishments, the family’s story best represents the under-discussed intersection of race and athletics in Canada.

In a discussion with Bruce Kidd, Ombudsperson and Professor Emeritus of Sport Policy at U of T, Valerie will touch on her family’s inspiring story, the racism they faced as Black athletes in Canada, and what propelled her through life and on the track. This event will take place in-person at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave). Doors open at 6:30pm for a mix-and-mingle session followed by the featured discussion between Valerie and Bruce. After the discussion, Valerie will be available to sign copies of her book. The U of T Bookstore will be on-site throughout the event selling copies of Races, while quantities last.

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