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Feb 2, 2024
Celebrating Resilience: Honoring Black History Month
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February is Black History Month. The history of Black History Month can be traced back to 1926 in the United States. Every year in February, people all over Canada engage in various events and celebrations that pay tribute to the enduring legacy of Black people in the country. The 2024 theme, “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build”,  encourages communities across Canada to delve into the narratives of Black communities, exploring their histories, achievements, sacrifices, and triumphs.

In Grey and Bruce Counties, individuals of African descent have long been part of the community, contributing significantly. The Black History Map inroduced by Grey Roots Museum & Archives in 2023 reveals that Priceville, Ceylon, Nenagh, Negro Creek, and Owen Sound was inhabited by Black residents during the early days of non-indigenous settlement.

Many events are taking place this year for us all to learn about the Black History and celebrate diversity in Grey Bruce.

Saturday February 3

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, 1-3pm

Black Roots of Bruce County: Past and Present – an afternoon of presentations and discussion on Black history and culture in Bruce County, with guest speakers William Felepchuk, members of the Grey-Bruce Afro-Caribbean Community, and Dr. Maureen Oyaide-Ofenor.

Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound

Black History Game – local Black hockey players, alumni and other community members share their stories about their experiences and positive impacts made towards the hockey world.

 

JunCtian Community Initiatives (JCI) in collaboration with community partners:

Thursday February 1

Dundalk United Church in Dundalk, 5-8pm

Black History Month Opening Ceremony – an evening of African and Caribbean food and music

Monday February 5

Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton, 11:45am

Flag Raising Ceremony

Thursday February 8

Southgate Ruth Hargrave Memorial Library, 3:30-5pm

Teen Board Games and Tasty Jamaican Food (Ages 12-18)

Saturday February 10

Southgate Ruth Hargrave Memorial Library, 12-2pm

Black Authors in Conversation

Monday February 19

Grey Roots Museum & Archives, 1-5pm

Family Tour, Fashion Show and Speakers Corner

Saturday February 24

Grace Tipling Hall in Shelburne, 6-9pm

Dufferin County Canadian Black Association (DCCBA) event

Saturday March 2

Dundalk United Church in Dundalk, 2 – 5PM

Black History Month Closing Ceremony