Alfie Pierce, the former namesake of our beloved campus pub, is a Queen’s legend, yet few really know the true story behind his life. This episode of the People’s History Podcast brings Alfie’s story to life detailing the trials and barriers he faced as a person of colour on Queen’s campus and exposing the racist underpinnings that led to Alfie’s role as ‘Team Mascot’, underpinnings that have an impact on his legacy today. Music: Nina Simone-“Young, Gifted and Black”
This podcast illustrates the story of how LGBT activists from Queen’s University in the mid-80’s to early 90’s, advocated for the city to recognize an official ‘Pride’ day for the LGBT community, only to be turned away multiple times over the years by homophobic council members, and shunned by homophobic Kingstonians. They never gave up – and we now owe our thanks to them for the month-long pride that we celebrate here in Kingston.