By Carolina Salinas
Black History Month is known for honouring African-American people during the month of February, throughout Canada and the United States.
For many years Black History was largely ignored by historians and the general public up until the 20th Century. Carter G. Woodson, an American, historian, educator, publisher and son of a former slave created the “Negro History Week”. This week was the forerunner movement of Black History Month, to bring Black History to the and into public awareness.
This February dig deeper into this commemoration by attending FIVE free events to help you better understand part of Canadian History; a country shaped of immigrants from different backgrounds and in this case Afro-American roots.
Are you interested in networking with new people? Or are you looking for information about your community such as public services, health, arts or business organizations? Then you can’t miss out on the 12th Annual Durham Black History Month Celebration. The event will take place on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm at the Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. in Ajax, Ontario.
This event will include a networking session, as well as information booths about community services, arts, health, and business organizations. There will also be food provided.
Congress of Black Women (Ajax/Pickering), Durham District School Board and the Durham Black Educators´ Network are all partners of The Annual Durham Black History Month Celebration, as well as the Government of Ontario, which funds the event.
Black Women Connect! Book Club is a place that celebrates Black Literature, Sisterhood and Reading. This organization’s goal is to gather Black women who love reading books written by other Black writers in order to start thought-provoking and meaningful conversations, connections, networking and socialization.
One book is chosen each month to discuss, listen, and reflect upon. This organization seeks to inform, empower, inspire and enrich every member´s life throughout by reading and connecting with women alike.
If you are interested in joining this book club join the group on Facebook. If you would like to participate in the next book club discussion on Becoming by Michelle Obama, it will be taking place on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 from 7:00pm-10:00pm at 791 St Clair Ave West, Toronto.
Are you a lover of Arts, Fashion, Music and History? Then, EBONY EXPRESSIONS #EBEX2019 is the event for you. This Black History Month event will be held at The Vault (366 Queen St. East, Toronto) on Sunday, 24 February, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is free to attend.
During this event you will be able to experience multiple art exhibitions, live painting, raffles, African fashion shows, live music, Afro-Caribbean food and drink available for purchasing courtesy of The Vault Toronto.
Are you interested in discussing today’s pivotal topics? Then this is the event for you. The Whitby Public Library located at 405 Dundas St. W. in Whitby will be hosting a Panel Discussion on the celebration of Black History Month titled “Shaping the Future-Together”. The event will be held in the library’s Meeting Room 1 (A&B) on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. This event will be open to those 16 years and older and you must register in advance , here.
This program is presented by the Congress of Black Women of Canada, Oshawa/Whitby and Ajax/Pickering Chapter, Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. and The Whitby Public Library. Refreshments will be provided.
The Black Ontario Public Service (BOPSers) Network will commemorate their 14TH Annual Black History Month event on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm at MacDonald Block located at 900 Bay Street, Toronto in the St. Lawrence Lounge. Although this is a free event, be sure to reserve your seats because space is limited. There will also be featured guests.
Whether you´re interested in increasing your knowledge on Black history this year, or developing your network, employment opportunities, improving your reading comprehension and discussion skills; attending Black fashion performances or art exhibitions, these five events are the perfect fit for you.