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 Amanda.Dyke@barrie.ca.
Black History 365Learn 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.
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.
Diverse Voices Unite – Celebrating Black History Month Video Release Free for all to access online as of 10 a.m. on Family DayListen 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.
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."
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