With it being Black History Month, it seems very appropriate that the latest T.V. series, The Porter is now aired on CBC. Alfre Woodard, a well-known actress, producer and political activist is the executive producer of The Porter. She was recently interviewed on CBC.
The story takes place in the 1920s, in Montreal and is about the black workers on the Canadian Pacific Railway during this time. During this era, CPR became a luxurious way of travelling for the rich boasting lavish interiors and each cabin having its own porter. Since the porters were not treated fairly, they retaliated by attempting to establish a union. She referred to these porters as Strivers, Black North American men who knew what was going on in the world and wanted to be treated equally.
She described the series as art being used to create change- a bridge to action – healing of a nation, as those who watch the series become informed as to the situation in that day and time and better understand the lack of equality.
It is a series I highly recommend. You can view it on Monday nights at 9 P.M.