By Toritse Ikomi, VP Equity
Happy February and Happy Black History Month to all the exceptional and talented black folks on campus, in the Durham community and around the globe! Also, to those who stand by us black folks, thank you.
You may ask yourself why black history month is important? Well, in my opinion it is important for us as a community to acknowledge the struggles and prejudice black folks face every day and celebrate the successes in the black community, which is not always celebrated in our society. Acknowledging that there is an issue in the system is the only way to try to fix it.
We would just like to acknowledge and shed light on some black Canadians who paved the way:
If you’re interested in learning about these individuals and other trailblazing black Canadians, check out the Canadian heritage website.
There’s also some great events happening on campus and in the community:
Black History Month: Race (2016) Film Screening
Feb. 6 | North Oshawa Campus, ERC 1054 | 6PM-9PM
Feb. 15 | Downtown Campus, 61 Charles St. 1st Floor (outside the Tuck Shop) | 5PM-8PM
Feb. 27 | Whitby Campus, SA Lounge | 12:30PM-2PM
Join the Student Association for a FREE film screening of Race (2016), which chronicles Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history despite taking the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
George Elliot Clarke at the Regent Theatre
Feb. 27 | Regent Theatre | 6PM-9PM | Click here to register for your FREE ticket
Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate will be visiting the Regent Theatre in celebration of Black History Month. This is a FREE event organized by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and Faculty of Education.
AIDS Durham presents One Voice
Feb. 3 & 4 | Oshawa Public Library (65 Bagot St.) | 9AM
Join us for a FREE discussion on social justice issues for queer and trans youth of colour.
Together, One Canada Strong!
Feb. 4 | J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, Ajax | 5PM-9PM | Click here to register for your FREE ticket
Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. present its 10th annual Black History Month event, Together, One Canada Strong! The event features networking, info booths, cultural food sampling and more!
Celebrating Black History Month
Feb. 7 | Trent University, Oshawa Campus (55 Thornton Rd. S.) | 6PM-7:30PM
The Durham Diversity Committee of RBC presents an evening celebrating black history month. Be immersed in the culture through dance and steel drum performances. Enjoy Savory Caribbean dishes.
Remember to celebrate all the lovely black folks in your life and in the community, not only this month but continuously.