February is Black History Month!

Rosa ParksBlack History Month is a time where we are invited to participate in events to celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions, past and present, of the Black community to Canada and the world.

Some influential members of the Black community include:

Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist who resisted racial segregation when she refused to give up her seat for a white passenger. Madame C.J. Walker was a self-made millionaire who gained fortune through selling beauty products for Black women. Harriet Tubman helped slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, and she was also the first American woman to lead troops into battle. Oprah Winfrey is known worldwide as a TV show talk host, philanthropist and actress. Nelson Mandela was an activist who helped successfully dismantle South Africa’s apartheid system and became South Africa’s first democratically elected President and first Black president.Oprah

February is also a time to remember the challenges the Black community has experienced and continues to encounter in today’s society.  We are encouraged to reflect on what society needs to do and what we can do to create a more inclusive and equitable world without discrimination or racism.

LOCAL EVENTS:

February 5, 2014: Oakville is hosting a Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration from 6:30pm until 8:30pm at the Oakville Town Hall.

For more information: http://visitoakville.com/events/black-history-month-kick-off-celebration/

February 22, 2014: the Holiday Inn Burlington is hosting an Annual Gala and Scholarship Awards Night event at 6:30pm.

For more information: http://www.thebcc.ca/2013/12/annual-gala-scholarship-awards-nite-2014.html#!/2013/12/annual-gala-scholarship-awards-nite-2014.html

March 5, 2014: “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” will be performed at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre from10am until 12:15pm. Tickets are sold at $10 each. Call 905-875-2200, ext. 31 or email at educationprograms@halton.ca, if you want tickets.

For more information: www.halton.ca/tubmansisters CJ Walker

March 6, 2014: The Burlington Performing Arts Centre will host “Things My Fore-Sisters Saw” from 10am until 12:15pm. Tickets are sold at $10 each. Call 905-875-2200, ext. 31 or email at educationprograms@halton.ca, if you want tickets.

For more information: www.halton.ca/tubmansisters

 

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