“For most of my life I felt watery like an ocean, my sense of self disoriented and bottomless, my blackness lost and out of place in a country known for cold winters, covered in whiteness.”
EXCERPT FROM THE STONE THROWER: A DAUGHTER'S LESSONS, A FATHER'S LIFE.
THE STONE THROWER: A DAUGHTER’S LESSONS, A FATHER’S LIFE
At the age of thirty, Jael Ealey Richardson travelled with her father - former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey - for the first time to a small town in southern Ohio for his fortieth high school reunion. Knowing very little about her father's past, Richardson was searching for the story behind her father's move from the projects of Portsmouth, Ohio to Canada's professional football league in the early 1970s. At the railroad tracks where her father first learned to throw with stones, Jael begins an unexpected journey into her family's past.
THE STONE THROWER (CHILDREN’S BOOK)
African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up in a segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio. Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States.
T DOT GRIOTS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF TORONTO'S BLACK STORYTELLERS
Birthed at the popular open-mic series, La Parole, it's an intimate journey through previously undocumented Canadian experiences, reporting from Toronto's black communities in fiction, poetry, articles, plays and songs.
Jael Richardson presents to audiences of all ages. The dynamic, two-time Toronto District School Board Writer-in-Residence speaks throughout the GTA and across Canada on her writing and the challenges surrounding history, race, and identity in Canada.
The founder and Artistic Director of the Festival of Literary Diversity also appears at festivals, writer’s conferences and library events across the country where she presents and facilitates discussions on the importance of diverse Canadian stories.
“Our school has had many authors visit our school, but I have never watched one connect so authentically with our kids. Jael’s delivery and passion moved many to tears…The students spoke about her for weeks.”