Anne Victoria Jean-Francois
Victoria Jean-Francois is a Canadian-born Haitian writer and singer. Born in Montreal and raised in Calgary, Victoria decided to return to Montreal to pursue her studies at Concordia University in Communications Studies. Montreal’s rich people diversity and history inspired Victoria to explore further the stories of the people who have touched this land. This passion for history and people grew into a passion for storytelling. Victoria feels that sharing people’s stories helps people come together and better understand one another’s journeys. For This reason, she thought it was essential for her to participate in Montreal’s Black History Book Project, to help tell the stories of her community. She believes there is excellent richness behind the black community of Montreal, and for that reason, she feels she must elevate the voice of the people that have paved the path for her.
Victoria’s Chapter covers the years 1920-1928. Her Chapter focuses on the Prohibition era, organized crime from the United States into Montreal, and how it has influenced Montreal’s black community. In addition, this Chapter also dives further into how the black community
strengthened their community through music and how they created and sought opportunities to survive and strengthened themselves through community organization.