Celebrating Black History Month in 2021

Every February Canadians are encouraged to celebrate and participate in activities surrounding Black History Month. It is a time to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the experiences, diversity and accomplishments of Black Canadians.

Although the pandemic has created many challenges, it has made it easier for us to engage in many of the Black History Month events we might otherwise not have been able to attend had they been in person. Now from the comfort of your home you can join these events virtually, most free of charge, from cities near and far.  

We encourage our community to embrace this month of national recognition and participate in the diversity of events available, remembering the lives and history of Black Canadians should be acknowledged and celebrated all year long.

 

Events Run by Local Organizations and Groups:

 

Online Children’s Festival

Monday February 1, 2021 @6:30-7:00pm

This event is taking place every Monday in February. "The goal of the Family Celebration is to showcase Black history and culture to all families in London and area, through stories, folklore, music, dance and much more."Learn more here

Celebrate Black Voices: Adult Online Reading Challenge

Monday February 1, 2021- March 7, 2021

"Discover both new and treasured works from Black authors recommended by our community and librarians. Log your reading time to earn badges and chances to win prizes." Learn more here

LBHCC Opening Ceremony

Saturday February 6, 2021 @ 1:00pm-4:00pm

"Cultural groups and services present their art, crafts, entertainment, music and a workshop on food. Special Guest Speaker: Aaron Francis, Creator and Curator of Vintage Black Canada. VBC will share images and stories from various families from South Western Ontario."Learn more here

Opening Celebration via Zoom

Saturday Feb 6, 2021 @1:00-2:30PM

"Special Guest Aaron Francis, Creator and Curator of Vintage Black Canada, will share images and stories from various families from Southwestern Ontario. performances will also include 519 School of Hip Hop, Shanelle Twumasi and Helen Hibbert along with a selection of cultural groups & businesses that will be highlighted during the program." Learn more here 

Virtual Presentation & Discussion. Canadian Black History: Who is telling the Story?

Wednesday February 17th, 2021 @7:00-9:00pm

This discussion has been organized by Congress of Black Women, London Chapter Learn more here 

African Food Festival

Friday February 19th, 2021 @4:00-7:00PM 

This event costs $10 per person or $20 per family. Partake in this "Food Experience and the opportunity to order African food and pick up at Yaya's Kitchen" Learn more here 

Youth Forum

Saturday February 20th, 2021 @12:00-3:00PM

"The purpose of the Youth Forum is to provide an engaging empowering and educational way to discuss issues and build community among Black Youth and Indigenous Youth." Learn more here 

Closing Celebration

Saturday February 27th, 2021 @2:00-5:00PM

"The closing Celebration is a celebration of culture that is the Black Community in London and beyond. Featuring artists and local musicians." Learn more here 

 

Events Run by National Organizations and Groups:

Rosemary Sadlier-Blacks in the Military 

Wednesday January 27, 2021 @7:00pm

"Gain a new perspective on the Black Canadian experience in a historical context, specifically the Black military experience. This seminar will focus on the Niagara region’s early military activity, the involvement of Black Canadians in the defence of Canada and the impact of their selfless deeds." Learn more here

 

Celebrations and Revelations

Monday February 1, 2021 @ 8:00-9:30pm

 "A free online concert in celebration of Black History Month. Four talented young Black Canadian musicians continue the quest to introduce audiences everywhere to little-known Black classical composers from 17th to 21st century" Learn more here

Black History Symposium: Honouring the Diversity of Black Leaders and Agents of Change

Monday February 8, 2021 @10:00am-12:00pm 

This event will provide "a space for Black leaders from our community to share the lessons they have learned in being agents of change in the anti-Black racism movement". The symposium will be an opportunity for individuals to "share any strategies, resources and tools to advance our understanding and engagement with anti-Black racism activism." Finally, the symposium will "deepen the exploration of anti-Black racism activism in diverse spaces and understand the role of post-secondary environments in transforming anti-Black racism advocacy." Learn more here
 

The Black Prairie Archives

Tuesday February 9, 2021 @7:00pm-8:00pm

"Karina Vernon spent 15 years researching and resurrecting writings from 19th century Black pioneers and contextualizes them alongside contemporary Canadian writers. Through this new anthology, a new perspective on Western Canada, informed by Black voices, is explored in relationship to the literary traditions of the Canadian Prairies." Learn more here

Before the 6ix: Kardinal Offishall Quest of Fire

Wednesday February 10, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm

"Before the 6ix is a series that connects the dots from Toronto's present-day internationally recognized hip-hop influence to the rich and vitally important roots of its past. Kardinal Offishall sits in-conversation with journalist Del F. Cowie to discuss the legacy of Quest for Fire: Firestarter Volume 1." Learn more here

Toronto Mass Choir: POWERUP 2021 Gospel Music Workshop

Thursday February 11th to Saturday February 13th. Times Vary: 10:30am to 9:30pm

"Join us for this dynamic and engaging virtual event that is sure to provide practical, relevant information that will impact your musicianship and ministry in our ever-changing society." Learn more here

 

Film Screening: Ninth Floor

Thursday February 12, 2021 @12:00-2:00pm

"director Mina Shum takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University sit in of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal university. A watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history, join us for a screening of this incredible documentary, followed by a Q & A." Learn more here

Queer Book Club

Tuesday February 23, 2021 @ 7:00- 8:30pm

"Queer Book Club reads a range of books by queer authors that tackle a variety of subject matters. This month's book is - An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon" Learn more here
 

Black History Speaker Series: Saladin Allah - The Power of Cultural Competence

Wednesday February 24, 2021 @7:00pm

The cost of admittance for this event is $15.00. "What does it mean to be culturally competent and why is it important? How does cultural competence influence the way we perceive the world and interact with others? Explore these questions alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Achievement Award recipient Saladin Allah in this inspiring seminar." Learn more here

 

Lewis Coray TrailBlazer Award for Youth

Friday February 26th, 2021 @ 7:00-9:00PM

"In honour of Retired Sgt. Lewis Coray, this award recognizes high school applicants from African, Caribbean & Black Canadian Communities." Learn more here 

 

Black History Speaker Series: Rochelle Bush Fugitive Freedom Seekers Escape to Niagara

Wednesday March 31, 2021 @7:00pm

$15.00 to virtually attend. Attendees will "discover the harrowing stories of peril and triumph of some of the most well-known African Americans who escaped slavery and settled in Niagara. In this captivating seminar, learn about the crucial role of the region’s location and how Niagara became refuge for fugitive freedom seekers." Learn more here

Events in The Big Wide World:

BYP Corporate Allyship: Redefining the Do’s and Don’ts of Allyship

Wednesday January 13, 2021 @ 5:00-6:00pm

"Hear from our thought leading panellists sharing their expertise, perspective and understanding of how to consciously learn from the past to positively rebuild the future." Then "share your burning questions and first-hand experiences on how we can all move towards positive change in 2021." Learn more here

Black in Tech: Navigating the Future of Tech

Thursday January 14, 2021 @5:00-6:00pm

"learn key tips and tricks from industry-leading professionals of how to turn your current experiences into your dream job in tech" Learn more here

White Fragility, Beyond The Echo Chamber: "To Tell the Truth ll"

Sunday January 24, 2021 @ 3:00-4:30pm. Monetary fee: donations

"Now tell us what you've learned about yourself as a white person. Name a racial snafu you've made in the past that you see differently now, a time you've seen yourself lean on white solidarity, ways you're clear you do benefit/have benefited from white privilege. Tell us about an incident where now you can see you reacted from white fragility" Learn more here 

 

BYP Black Networks: The WHY of Employee Networks

Tuesday January 19, 2021 @ 5:30-6:30pm

This riveting event will explore "the experiences of our Black Network Leader panellists, uncovering some insight but not limited to: How to curate an employee network with direct impact (equity, sense of belonging, confidence in your authentic self), how to align the needs of the network with the business needs and how to raise network concerns with senior leadership" Learn more here

Anti-Racist Educators Collaborative Group

Thursday January 21st, 2021 @7:30-8:30pm

"The goal of this group is to create a network of support for educators trying to create anti-racist change in their school." Learn more here  

 

Aligning Investments With Racial Justice Values

Friday January 29th, 2021 @3:00pm-4:30pm

"Your investments don’t just make a financial impact on the world – they make an ethical one. You can use your monetary influence to make a world that matches your values. But how can you make sure you’re investing in organizations that share your values? Join us for our event" Learn more here 

 

Redefining Apprenticeships, Recreating Your Future with Cisco

Thursday February 11, 2021 @5:00-6:00pm

"Identify the key transferable skills needed across any department or business and how you can find your superpower in tech, learn practical steps you can take to move into the tech industry and understand how your experiences can provide a unique perspective to your apprenticeship journey." Learn more here

 

Come Meet A Black Person: Learn the Four Forms of Racism and How to Recognize Each

Sunday February 14, 2021 @3:00-5:00pm

"includes guest speakers, interactive questionnaires, open conversations and an awesome group of participants. We will interact in #RacismTalkRooms and #BlackExperienceRooms as we do our part in eradicating racism in America." Learn more here 

 

Sitting With Discomfort: Racial Trauma

Friday February 19, 2021 @2:00-4:00pm. Cost: $18

"Guilaine will present her findings on racial trauma, growth, healing and reflect on the process of writing about the phenomenon. She will engage the audience in collective meaning making, interrogate common ways of thinking about trauma and help the audience think about self-care." Learn more here 

 

We look forward to celebrating with you!

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