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10 books to read during Black History Month
CBC Books recommends these 10 great books by great Canadian writers.
Black History Month Film Series at Vancity Theatre
Films run throughout February. Visit Vancity Theatre website for schedule
Saturday, February 7
Afrofest Gala 2015 presented by UBC Caribbean African Association
The long-awaited CAA Afrofest Gala is upon us dear friends! This year’s Afrofest is slated to be UBC’s loudest and proudest Afro-Caribbean event. Afrofest presents an opportunity for one to embrace the exquisiteness of African culture with fellow students here at UBC, and throughout Vancouver, as well as any and all friends of Africa. CAA will present a night of culture, celebration and community.
February 7, 6:30-10pm
Hillel BC Society, 6145 Student Union Boulevard
Afrofest Gala 2015 Facebook event
Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7
Black History Month – A Century of Black Life, History and Culture
Presented by United Black Canadian Community Association and promoted by UBC Learning Exchange
- Pascaline Nsekera – Manager of the Federation des francophones de la Colombie Britannique and founding member of UBC African Awareness
- Paul Mulangu – Executive Director for Centre for Integration of African Immigrants
- Kim Okram – Director of Immigrants and Dream Builder
UBC Learning Exchange
612 Main Street
February 6 & 7, 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Download the event poster
Tuesday, February 10
Colour Connected Against Racism UBC present a documentary film screening:
Celebrating a Life of Resistance: El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) | Reflecting on His Legacy 50 Years After Assassination
Global Lounge, 2205 Lower Mall, Building 1
Colour Connected Against Racism is a student-run resource group at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. We are dedicated to anti-racist and anti-colonialist student organizing and work to create change and provide spaces for racialized peoples at UBC.
Saturday, February 21
Honouring the Legacy of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
Presented by Colour Connected Against Racism UBC
February 21, 7-10:30pm
Heartwood Community Cafe, 317 E Broadway, Vancouver
Black Power Matters Film Festival presented by Spartacus Books
February 6 – March 20
Spartacus Books, Spartacus Books (3378 Findlay Street, near 18th and Commercial Dr.)
Every Friday from February to March, Spartacus Books will be showing films on the theme of Black Power Matters. Join them for these free screenings and for a discussion on March 20th.
Black History Month
Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.
Despite a presence in Canada that dates back farther than Samuel de Champlain’s first voyage down the St. Lawrence River, people of African descent are often absent from Canadian history books. There is little mention of the fact that slavery once existed in the territory that is now Canada, or that many of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were Blacks. Few Canadians are aware of the many sacrifices made in wartime by black Canadian soldiers, as far back as the War of 1812.
In an attempt to heighten awareness of black history in the United States, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed an observance to honour the accomplishments of black Americans. This led to the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson is believed to have chosen February for this observance because the birthdays of the renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass (February 14) and former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) fall in this month. During the early 1970s, the week became known as Black History Week. It was expanded into Black History Month in 1976. In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine.
Here are some resources about Black History Month
Reading list compiled by the Toronto Public Library – Link
Hogan’s Alley Resource guide created by the Vancouver Public Library – Link
Black History in Canada Education Guide – Link