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Unite Against Hate is a community resource for anti-racism education, collaboration & support.

We offer a supportive environment for all residents of Brantford & The County of Brant to discuss and implement plans for progress and sustainable change.


Brantford's Black History

Underground Railroad in Brantford

Many of the members of the early Black community in Brantford were freedom-seekers who arrived to the area using the Underground Railroad. It can be assumed that many of the early Black residents that came to Brantford were formerly enslaved in the southern US prior to their arrival.

The Importance of Sophia Pooley

Sophia Pooley was born into slavery in Fishkill, New York, the daughter of Oliver and Dinah Burthen, also enslaved. When she was seven years old, Sophia was taken to Niagara and sold to Joseph Brant along with her sister.

The Story Of Joseph Brant

Some early Black History in Brantford dates back to 1784, when Joseph Brant brought 30 to 40 enslaved people to the area to work in his fields, as well as at his home in Upper New York State. Many were also brought to Six Nations land, Mohawk Village (East Brantford) and Burlington. 

Why Mohawk Park Matters

In 1903, the anniversary of Emancipation Day was celebrated in Mohawk Park.  It was well attended by residents of Brantford, as well as visitors from Guelph, Woodstock, Hamilton and Toronto.

Greenwood Cemetery & Andrew Lucas

Located at 235 Clarence Street, this cemetery is Brantford’s oldest active cemetery. It is the final resting place for many of Brantford’s first Black residents, including Andrew Lucas.  Mr. Lucas was said to have lived to be 120 years of age, though this cannot be confirmed as he did not know his birthdate.

The Remarkable Blanche Williams

In 1885, Brantford resident Blanche Williams was preparing to attend the University of Toronto for her undergraduate studies as the first Black woman to be admitted to the school and allowed the same privileges as white students.

our director

Amanda Mersereau

is the founder of Unite Against Hate! and is a lifelong activist with a passion for community and social justice.

Unite Against Hate! is a social-profit organization providing anti-racist education resources and support to Brantford & surrounding areas.

hard work in action

Community-Based Care Alternatives: Building Blocks for a Just Future

Though not an easy task, the steps to recreating a world that prioritizes community care and people over profit are already being undertaken today, with examples rooted long into the past.

Fight for Your Right: Navigating Medical Racism

There is a lot to be said about the racist pitfalls of Canada’s medical system: how it predisposes racialized folks to harm and disability, how it fails to treat them, and how scarce the solutions seem to be.

Black Lives Matter – But Which Ones?

Although the slogan “Black Lives Matter” has been a rallying call for the world to recognize dignity in the Black community and put an end to anti-Black racism, often those further marginalized are left on the sidelines and not defended.

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