February 25th, 2021
As part of our ongoing anti-Black racism work, we are hosting our 3rd annual Black History Month event. We invite the WRDSB community, including Board trustees, students, staff and members of the African, Caribbean and Black identifying (ACBi) community to join us for an opportunity to learn from each other, make connections, build relationships, and celebrate together.
This year’s theme is “Black Brilliance: Embracing History and Ourselves,” with Keynote Speaker Natasha Henry, current president of the Ontario Black History Society. She is completing a Ph.D. in History at York University, researching the enslavement of African people in early Ontario. Through her various professional, academic, and community roles, Natasha’s work is grounded in her commitment to research, collect, preserve, and disseminate the histories of Black Canadians.
Natasha will be speaking about the #BlackedOutHistory campaign, an initiative aiming to raise awareness of how little Black history is taught in Canadian schools and is calling on the provincial and federal governments to update the education curriculum.
The evening also includes WRDSB student voice submissions and a student conversation facilitated by Black Brilliance Advisory Council member, Abena Peprah.
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
After you register, a link to the livestream will be provided to you.
If you are unable to attend the event, a recording of the event will be posted to YouTube within 24 hours after the event.
Questions can be directed to Deepa Ahluwalia, Human Rights and Equity Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.