BC History Series: Go Do Some Great Thing

Celebrate Library Month with this BC History Series

Join us virtually on Tuesdays this October for presentations by local authors of books about the history of British Columbia. See all events in this series.


Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia by Crawford Kilian
Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00pm

Living in pre-Civil War Philadelphia, young Black activist Mifflin Gibbs was feeling disheartened from fighting the overwhelming tide of White America’s legalized racism when abolitionist Julia Griffith encouraged him to “go do some great thing.” These words helped inspire him to become a successful merchant in San Francisco, and then to seek a more just society in the new colony of Vancouver Island, where he was to become a prominent citizen and elected official. Find a copy.

Bio: Crawford Kilian is the author of twenty-one books. He is a contributing editor at The Tyee and is the former public education columnist for the Vancouver Province. He previously taught at Vancouver City College and Capilano College, and currently teaches creative writing at Simon Fraser University. He lives in North Vancouver, BC.


Registration required. Register online or call 604-984-0286, ext. 8144.
This meeting will take place on Zoom. What you’ll need: A computer with microphone (or headphones) and webcam for Zoom; or your smartphone/tablet. We will email you the Zoom link in advance of the event.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


  • Adults