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You’re Invited to Black History Month Events in February 2015

Mayor John Tory will proclaim February as Black History Month, recognizing the contributions of African-Canadians in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Celebratory events for Black History Month in February include the following. (Most events have FREE admissions.)

Toronto Public Library

  • The Toronto Public Library marks Black History Month with FREE events featuring song, film and literature that celebrate the African diaspora.
  • ‘Malcolm X: 50 Years After – Pertinent or Passe?
    • February 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.
    • Toronto’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, along with Toronto poets Lillian Allen, Clifton Joseph and Andrea Thompson in a discussion of the legacy of the American civil rights champion.
    • Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

Toronto Public Health

  • “Racism, Health & Resilience: Strategies for Closing Health Inequities”
    • February 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
    • A discussion with Dr. Kwame McKenzie about the affects of racism on people’s health.
    • The event will be held at the Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St.
    • FREE, but registration is required.

Toronto Museums

  • Mackenzie House
    “A Glimpse of Black Life in Victorian Toronto 1850-1860”

    • Saturday, January 31 through Sunday, March 1.
    • This exhibit introduces members of the Black community in Victorian Toronto and their contributions to the city.
    • Curated by Afua Cooper, this exhibit examines the varied aspects of Black life in mid-Victorian Toronto.
    • Included with regular admission.
  • Market Gallery: FREE Admssion and Donations are Accepted
    “Political Activism and the Black Community in the 19th Century”

    • Students are introduced to notable Torontonians who played a major role in the 19th century Anti-Slavery movement.
    • Market Gallery, 2nd floor, South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Toronto ON

For details, please visit Toronto’s Museums Featured Events

Heritage Toronto

  • “The Power of Mentoring, Diversity and Dreaming Big”
    • February 19, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:30pm EST.
    • Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E.
    • Toronto’s Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke will moderate a panel discussion for students from across Canada (live or via the National Film Board’s Virtual Classroom) with four brilliant Black mentors and talk about how to achieve their highest career aspirations in a diverse workplace and how to give back to their communities.
    • Join us for this panel discussion either in person (student transportation subsidies available) or via the NFB’s Virtual Classroom live streamed from the Daniels Spectrum Auditorium in Regent Park, Toronto – one of Canada’s most multicultural neighbourhoods.
      Thompson Egbo-Egbo (pianist), Shawn Byfield (dancer), and Sean Mauricette aka Subliminal (beat-boxer and soul-hopper).
    • Please click here for more info and to register.
    • FREE!

Parks, Forestry and Recreation

Community Centres across Toronto will be hosting local events to mark Black History Month, from sports events to film nights. Please read the full schedule.

  • Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St. (Bathurst and Sheppard)
    • February 1 to 28
    • Black History Month poster series on display
  • Jimmy Simpson Recreation Centre, 870 Queen St. E
    • Every Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Black History Month: awareness and triumph through film.
    • Films promoting the overcoming of racism and awareness of the African American/African Canadian struggle.
    • Discussion following each film.




City of Toronto to proclaim February as Black History Month

Mayor John Tory will proclaim February as Black History Month, recognizing the contributions of African-Canadians in Toronto.

“Black History Month gives us an opportunity explore and celebrate the rich African-Canadian history that has helped build our city,” said Mayor John Tory. “Canadians of all backgrounds should know the incredible history of our black citizens as builders, advocates and people who defended our country in many challenging times and who lead in so many ways today. That is why Black History Month is so important. It gives us an opportunity to explore and celebrate the contribution of our black community.