Pourin' Down Rain
A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West

Also available in audiobook

Cover image (Pourin' Down Rain)

The 30th anniversary edition of Cheryl Foggo’s landmark work about growing up Black on the Canadian prairies

Cheryl Foggo came of age during the 1960s in Calgary, a time when a Black family walking down the street still drew stares from everyone they passed. She grew up in the warm embrace of a community of extended family and friends, with roots in the Black migration of 1910 across the western provinces. But as an adolescent, Cheryl struggled against the negative attitudes towards Blackness she and her family encountered. She struggled against the many ways she was made to feel an outsider in the only place she ever knew as home.

As Cheryl explores her ancestry, what comes to light gives her the confidence to claim her place in the Canadian west as a proud Black woman. In this beautiful, moving work, she celebrates the Black experience and Black resiliency on the prairies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Pourin' Down Rain 1
Preface to the Second Edition 5
Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 8
1 Meeting Jim Crow 10
2 Hairday 18
3 Willis Augustus 22
4 Ottawa Street 29
5 In Sharons Room 41
6 The Great Aunts 47
7 The March 50
8 Little Big Man 54
9 Living in the Middle 57
10 The Welcome 63
11 Summer in Winnipeg 71
12 The Bermudians 76
13 On the Banks of the Saskatchewan 80
14 Belonging 88
15 Desolation 93
16 Discoveries 97
17 The Rumble of Wagons 101
18 Pin Cherries and Other Berries 110
Epilogue 122
Family Tree 123
Afterword to the Second Edition 124
About the Author 125