Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate Canada’s rich history — a chance to learn about important Black Canadians and celebrate their contributions.
The University of Calgary is celebrating Black History Month through a series of stories and virtual events. Throughout February, UCalgary invites the community to share in conversations about anti-racism, art history, literature, mental health and more.
Dr. Malinda Smith, vice-provost, equity, diversity and inclusion, said the month of February is an opportunity to delve into Alberta’s extraordinarily interesting and complex Black historical experience.
“More Canadians should know the names Lulu Anderson and Violet King,” said Smith. “Why, as Canadians, do we know American history better than our own history?”
Smith has been instrumental in promoting equity and diversity in research, teaching and learning, to help facilitate inclusive culture. She is a nationally recognized leader in equity, diversity and inclusion.
“Black History Month is about learning from our experiences, so we don’t repeat history in a way that excludes Black Canadians and their accomplishments.” Smith says. “It's about acknowledging the important stories that helped define our country.”
Register now for Black History Month events at UCalgary
Black History Month: Let’s Talk: How to be Actively Anti-Racist with Cynthia Okafor
During this event, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a conversation on racism and what it means to be actively anti-racist.
Simone Saunders: Tufting our Time
Simone is an award-winning Canadian artist, creating hand-tufted textiles of colourful portraiture celebrating womanhood that are rooted in a rich and vibrant Black History. She was included in the Bank of Montreal’s National 1st Art! Competition, as the national winner of 2020.
Black History Month – Let’s Talk: Uncovering Black Art History in Canada with Dr. Charmaine Nelson
During this event, Dr. Nelson will uncover the historical and contemporary forms of Black art across Canada.
Dr. Afua Cooper
This event will feature a presentation by Dr. Afua Cooper and poetry performances by two dynamic Calgary poets: AloT of Poetry and Nyabuoy
During this event, Dr. Hardy DeJesus discuss her article and recent research on “The N-Word in Academia: The Psychology of Employing an Epithet” by uncovering the historical, social and psychological implications of this term.
Roundtable discussion on Black Fatherhood and Masculinity
In this interactive discussion, many aspects of Black fatherhood and masculinity will be explored.
Black History Month – Let’s Watch: John Ware Reclaimed with Cheryl Foggo Cheryl will introduce her film John Ware Reclaimed with a brief exploration of how the commitment of a small group of women on the University of Calgary campus played a role in getting the story to the screen.
TLRO: Black Canadians’ Mental Health
During this event, join Dr. Regine King to learn about actions Calgarians can take to address the criminalizing of Black Canadians. Understand what culturally relevant mental health services look like and how they can contribute to health and equity.
Black History Month – Let’s Talk: The Value of Black Literature with Dr. Suzette Mayr
During this event, Dr. Mayr will be uncovering the value of Black literature and history in Canada and discussing the creative writing process behind her novel-in-progress, The Sleeping Car Porter, a historical novel about a Black, queer railway porter.
An Afternoon With Lawrence Hill
Lawrence Hill is known for his 2007 novel The Book of Negroes, inspired by the Black Loyalists given freedom and resettled in Nova Scotia by the British after the American Revolutionary War, and his 2001 memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: on Being Black and White in Canada.
Cross-Faculty Dialogue on Anti-Black Racism Initiatives
Join the conversation as the Faculty of Social Work leads a discussion on anti Black Racism initiatives on UCalgary campus.
Article courtesy of University of Calgary