1910: Negro Christian Alliance, Vancouver

The Negro Christian Alliance (NCA) began to hear speakers, review papers, host discussions and debates, and provide opportunities for local talent to perform in the fall of 1910. The announcement for the first meeting stated, “All are cordially invited, regardless of colour or creed.” They organized and supported clubs and activities, including a Sunday School, for an estimated 150 youth. The NCA undertook a wide range of activities, such as debates on women’s suffrage. It also took a public stand for Prohibition. In December 1915 the NCA protested the movie “Birth of a Nation” as racist and dehumanizing.