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Black History Month

In February, the City of Barrie celebrates Black History Month with events that bring awareness to the significant contributions that Black Canadians have and continue to make to the cultural, economic, and social landscape of our country and our community.

The City of Barrie is proud to support Black History Month programming and initiatives taking place in the community. If you have programming that you would like added to this list, please email

2021 Programming

Barrie Public Library

Black History 365
Learn about Black history online 365 days of the year! In partnership with UPlift Black

Celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada a more culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation.
Visit BPL Online to find videos, educational activities and reading lists celebrating Black history.
A full listing of live, online events hosted by the Barrie Public Library in February can be found in their event calendar.

MacLaren Art Centre

Celebrating Black History Month with the MacLaren Art Centre
Free, online programming available all month

Watch National Film Board of Canada short films, explore the exhibition Erika DeFreitas: everything she inspires remains, belongs to light and the accompanying Zoom interview with the artist, and take a master class in art writing with Daisy Desrosiers all from the comfort of your own home.

Monday, February 15
10 a.m.
St. Peter's School YouTube

Diverse Voices Unite – Celebrating Black History Month Video Release
Free for all to access online as of 10 a.m. on Family Day

Listen to and watch dignitaries, performing artists, students, community partners and special guests talk about Canadian Black history, with a vision towards diversity and unity. In addition to artistic performances and more, the event will feature presentations from:

Janie Cooper-Wilson, local historian
Aaron Redpath, basketball academy founder and coach
Rob Green, performing artist and producer

Wednesday, February 24
6 p.m. 
Rogers TV YouTube

Rogers TV Live Q&A for Diverse Voices Unite
Free for all to access via Rogers TV

Following the release of the Diverse Voices Unite video, a live question and answer period will be held with the video's speakers, moderated by York University student Jaymee Turner. Community members are encouraged to reflect on the presentations in the video and engage in thoughtful conversation during the Q&A period.


Mayor Jeff Lehman has issued a proclamation, naming February 2021 Black History Month in Barrie:

Mayor’s Office - "Committed to Service Excellence"

I, Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of Barrie hereby proclaim
February 2021asBlack History Month

WHEREAS; As Barrie's population becomes increasingly more diverse, “Making Change" encourages our community to recognize Black History Month as an opportunity to embrace diversity and foster belonging and inclusion; and

WHEREAS;  Black History Month is a time to learn about the stories and many important contributions of local Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Simcoe County, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country; and

WHEREAS;  During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have and continue to do so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, nation it is today.
THEREFORE, I, Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of Barrie, do hereby proclaim the month of February 2021 as “Black History Month."

- Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of BARRIE

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