It is with enthusiasm and gratitude that the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro marks the 2022 edition of Black History Month. In February, as at all times,it is important to honor the countless contributions of Black communities to the history of today’s societies.
This month is an opportunity to highlight local initiatives and day-to-day accomplishments that continue to contribute to the vitality of our borough and discover committed people and projects while exploring relevant themes.
At the same time, take a look at our article “celebrating the richness of our community”.
FREE LOCAL ACTIVITIES
Black History Trivia Master
Saturday February 12, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Organized by The West Island Black Community Association:WIBCA, hosted by Kym Dominique-Ferguson.
An interactive quiz for young people from 8 to 18 years old allowing them to test their knowledge or to discover personalities and movements that have significantly marked history and the imagination.
Fonce, tu peux le faire ! Motivation scolaire auprès des adolescent.e.s avec Guédeline Desrosiers [in French]
Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A conference presented by the Pierrefonds Library.
Presented by educator and author Guédeline Desrosiers, this interactive and dynamic conference aims to give teenagers (and their parents) a boost of confidence. This event is part of the 19th edition of the Hooked on School Days.
Unpacking the N-word
Monday, February 21, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A conference presented by the Pierrefonds Library, in collaboration with Overture with the Arts.
A virtual presentation offered by the Pierrefonds Library, in collaboration with Overture With The Arts (OWTA). A chance to learn more about the use and scope of the n-word.
Black excellence : Celebrating Black talent across diverse industries
Saturday, February 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Organized by WIBCA, hosted by Vanessa Manroop and Nathaniel Sanders.
An event during which the public will be able to discover both the traditional and non-traditional career paths that our highlighted guests have followed on their personal journeys to success.
Reimagining Self-Care Black Girls Gather : A WIBCA Book Club
Sunday, February 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Organized by Black Girls Gather : A WIBCA Book Club
For BHM’22, Black Girls Gather chose to highlight how black women and girls experience joy. We now close this year’s edition with a much needed discussion on self-care. How has self-care shifted through the times? Through this panel, we aim to explore the many complexities of this question. Join us and our fabulous panelists : Dr Myrna Lashley, Moashella Shortte and more!
CULTURAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OUR LIBRARIANS
Discover their favorites and must-haves to explore the subject further.
Movers, Shakers, History Makers : The Canadian Black History Book of Rhymes / Akilah Newton
Learn about dozens of inspiring politicians, artists, trailblazers, and athletes in this full colour, rhyming children’s storybook. [bigdreamers.ca]
Hidden Figures : the True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race / Margot Lee Shetterly
Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. Includes biographies on Dorothy Jackson Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Colman Goble Johnson (1918-), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (1942-).
YOUNG ADULTS LITERATURE
Blackout : Even love stories can glow when the lights go
Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley WOodfold, Nicola Yoon
“Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark”. [Provided by publisher]
The Crossover / Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile
This is the graphic novel adaptation of the acclaimed book published in 2014. Thirteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. [From publisher]
ain’t i a woman : black women and feminism / bell hooks
A classic work of feminist scholarship, ain’t i a woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman’s involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this book a critical place on every feminist scholar’s bookshelf. [Overdrive]
The Skin we’re in / Desmond Cole
A bracing, provocative, and perspective-shifting book from one of Canada’s most celebrated and uncompromising writers, Desmond Cole. The Skin We’re In will spark a national conversation, influence policy, and inspire activists.
In his 2015 cover story for Toronto Life magazine, Desmond Cole exposed the racist actions of the Toronto police force, detailing the dozens of times he had been stopped and interrogated under the controversial practice of carding. The story quickly came to national prominence, shaking the country to its core and catapulting its author into the public sphere. Cole used his newfound profile to draw insistent, unyielding attention to the injustices faced by Black Canadians on a daily basis [https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/].
Celebrating Black Month History on CBC-Gems
CBC Gem offers a great collection of movies and tv shows celebrating Black Stories and honouring Black lives.
Being Black in Halifax (2021)
“Part of the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Youth and Diversity Program and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, this program has offered professional mentorship to 5 emerging black filmmakers, 18 to 30 years old, in the production of a short documentary with the theme of “Being Black in Halifax.” They addressed the issue of social integration of people from black communities in Halifax through film. These 4 promising filmmakers were guided through the many steps in audiovisual production from screenwriting, directing and editing, to post-production and more, with the end goal being to create their first and very own documentary shorts. This process was carried out under the professional tutelage of filmmaker Juanita Peters. The participants will be presented at the #HBFF19.”Watch
Free Up! Emancipation Day 2021 : CBC Arts special
If you missed this CBC Arts special celebrating freedom for the first officially recognized Emancipation Day across Canada on the last August 1st, this is the time to watch it!
Hosted by Ngozi Paul and featuring talented artists like Haviah Mighty, Michie Mee, d’bi.young anitafrika and more, FreeUp! Emancipation Day 2021 is a youth-led celebration of spoken word, dance, theatre, and music. [gem.cbc.ca]
Film by Sandamini Rankaduwa (2020), National Film Board
Josh Crooks is a young, gifted African-Canadian hockey player in an overwhelmingly white sport. In its intimate story of transgenerational identity, Ice Breakers reveals the buried history of how Black athletes helped pioneer modern hockey, as Crooks discovers that his passion is tied to a remarkable heritage.
LeVar Burton Reads, featuring LeVar Burton
The best short fiction, handpicked by the best voice in podcasting. In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath…
The Black History Buff Podcast featuring King Kurus (Kur Lewis)
The Black History Buff podcast is a fun and thrilling journey through time. Covering the full historical tapestry of the African Diaspora, you’ll hear tales covering everything from African Samurai to pistol-wielding poets. More than just a podcast, the show is a bridge that links communities throughout the African diaspora and enlightens and empowers its friends.
Officially celebrated in Quebec since 2007, Black History Month will take place this year across Canada from February 1 to 28, 2022.
To learn more about the origin of this event, visit the Black History Month website where a variety of activities are grouped together https://www.moishistoiredesnoirs.com