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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2009

Eastlink Partners with Amistad Freedom Society of Nova Scotia to Sponsor Black Freedom 175

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Eastlink is proud to partner with the Amistad Freedom Society of Nova Scotia as title sponsor of Black Freedom 175.  Black Freedom 175, taking place in Halifax August 1-9th, celebrates the 175th anniversary of the abolition of slavery by the British Parliament on August 1, 1834.

“Black Freedom 175 is such an important milestone,” says Lee Bragg, Eastlink Co-CEO. “Eastlink is honoured to partner with the Amistad Freedom Society of Nova Scotia to celebrate diversity and opportunity in our community.”  

Through the Eastlink sponsorship, 10 racially and ethnically mixed groups of young people will get to sail aboard the Freedom Schooner Amistad and participate in the Youth Leadership for Freedom Program, which builds leadership, explores diversity and celebrates freedom.

“Thanks to the generous support of Eastlink, the Freedom Ship Amistad is able to participate in our Black Freedom 175 celebrations,” notes John Hennigar-Shuh, Co-Chair of the Amistad Freedom Society of Nova Scotia, organizers of Black Freedom 175. “It also means that some 250 young people from the community get to take part in leadership workshops and sail aboard Amistad, learning how, when you're straining to raise a sail on the deck of a traditional sailing vessel, the colour of the skin of person next to you matters not at all.”

In addition to the Freedom Schooner Amistad being open for daily public tours, Black Freedom 175 celebrations comprise a variety of concerts and theatrical presentations, with most events taking place on and around the Halifax waterfront. Event highlights include:

Saturday, August 1
Welcome Ceremony for Freedom Schooner Amistad - 12:00 to 1:00, Maritime Museum Wharf
Black Freedom 175 Tribute Concert, Natal Day Waterfront Tent - 4:30 to 12:00 
Free Admission

Sunday, August 2
Black Freedom 175 Gospel Concert - 12:00 to 3:00, Natal Day Waterfront Tent
Free Admission

Monday, August 3, Natal Day
Public Tours of Amistad - 10:00 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 4:00

Tuesday, August 4
Black Freedom 175 film, Loyalties - 7:30 to 9:30, Pier 21

Thursday, August 6
Charlestown Maroon Drummers from Jamaica and a play by Shauntay Grant with the African Nova Scotian Youth Performers - 7:30, Alderney Landing Theatre.  Tickets $13.00 at the door.

Friday, August 7
Charlestown Maroon Drummers from Jamaica, with Marko Simmonds - 7:30, Black Cultural Centre. Tickets $13.00 at the door.

Saturday, August 8
Charlestown Maroon Drummers from Jamaica, with Harvey Miller and B Sharp- 7:30, Citadel High School. Tickets $13.00 at the door.

For further information on the Freedom Ship Amistad and Black Freedom 175, including a schedule of events, please visit www.amistadamerica.org.

About Eastlink
Operating from its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Eastlink is the fifth largest cable company in Canada and was the first to offer customers local telephone service over a state-of-the-art digital network. Eastlink is one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies with more than 900 employees who provide a range of communications, entertainment & advertising services to residential, business and public sector customers across the Atlantic Provinces. For more information on Eastlink products and services, please visit www.eastlink.ca.

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