Saturday January 20, 2024 to Monday February 26

Windsor Essex Black History Month Guide

Every year, our region hosts a diverse range of events to commemorate Black History Month, and 2024 is no exception. Windsor and Essex County have planned a multitude of activities and programs to celebrate this occasion. The 2024 Windsor-Essex Black History Month Kickoff, which will be held in-person on Friday January 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Caribbean Centre located at 2410 Central Ave, Windsor. This event aims to publicly acknowledge the significance of Black History Month and encourages community participation in the various local events planned throughout the month.

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Black History Month Event: “But it is not a British feeling”

February 1 at 7:00pm.
Department of History, University of Windsor and Essex County Black Historical Research Society are hosting a presentation by Dr. Deirdre McCorkindale from University of Guelph on February 1st at 7pm. Dr. McCorkindale’s presentation titled “‘But it is not a British feeling’: The Denial and, Weaponization of Ontario’s Underground Railroad” will happen at the Armories (353 Freedom Way in Windsor). For more information, please contact [email protected].

Armories
353 Freedom Way, Windsor


Book Launch: Black Activist, Black Scientist, Black Icon

February 1 at 5:30pm.
Join authors Dr. George Elliot Clarke and Dr. Brenda McCurdy, with moderator Sheila Barker, as they launch “The Autobiography of Dr. Howard D. McCurdy”.

Amherstburg Freedom Museum
277 King St, Amherstburg
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Black History Month Flag-Raising

February 1 at 12:00pm.
Join students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the University of Windsor Main Campus for a flag raising in honour of Black History/Black Futures Month 2024.

Outside Chrysler Hall Tower, University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor


Book Launch: Amherstburg Book Launch for Black Activist, Black Scientist, Black Icon: The
Autobiography of Dr. Howard D. McCurdy

February 3 at 5:30pm.
In partnership with the River Bookshop, we are thrilled to present Black Activist, Black Scientist, Black Icon: The Autobiography of Dr. Howard D. McCurdy. Get ready to dive into the remarkable life story of Dr. Howard D. McCurdy, a true trailblazer. During this event, you will have the opportunity to meet the author Dr. George Elliott Clarke, purchase the book, get your copy signed, and engage in a discussion of the book with Dr. Brenda McCurdy and Dr. George Elliott Clarke, which will be moderated by Sheila Barker. This is a FREE event!

Amherstburg Freedom Museum
277 King St, Amherstburg
Website


Month long Art Exhibit – feature artist Lana Talbot

Display accessible everyday on February during library hours.
Celebrating Black History Month come to John Muir 363 Mill Street and view the work of local artist LANA TALBOT.

Lana Talbot was born in Windsor, Ontario, where she still resides. She is a community historian and activist as well as a longtime member of Sandwich First Baptist Church, …She can often be found conducting tours of the historic Underground Railroad-era building for visitors from all over North America and beyond.

John Muir Main floor
363 Mill Street, Windsor


Library Live Children’s and Teen Clubs

February 3 at 3:00pm.
Join as we share books, activities and games related to heroes and sheroes from the African diaspora.

John Muir Main floor
363 Mill Street, Windsor


wso family concert: singing with flo (amherstburg)

February 3 at 3:00pm Tickets $5.00.
Join the WSO, vocalist Flo Ndimubandi and the talented singers of the Windsor Essex Youth Choir for a concert that highlights the brilliance of black composers. With music from Scott Joplin, Joseph Bologne and Oscar Peterson the whole family will be captivated! Also, get ready to sing along to pieces like “This Little Light of Mine” and “Oh Happy Day.”

Nazrey A.M.E. Church @ the Amherstburg Freedom Museum
277 King St, Amherstburg
Website


Windsor Symphony Orchestra Presents: Family Concert: Singing with Flo

February 3 from 10:00am – 11:00am & 11:30am – 12:30pm.
With music from Scott Joplin, Joseph Bologne, and Oscar Peterson, the whole family will be captivated! Also, get ready to sing along to pieces like “This Little Light of Mine” and “Oh Happy Day.” A themed craft is included before the concert. Concerts are 45 minutes long. Francisco Hernández Bolaños, conductor, Jan Radford, co-host Featuring: Florine Ndimubandi, vocalist, The Windsor Essex Youth Choir and Select Musicians from the WSO. Tickets are $5/each, please visit our website to purchase tickets and for more information.

The Capitol Theatre
121 University Ave. W., Windsor
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Windsor West Indian Association’s Flavors of Freedom Annual Black History Brunch

February 4 from 12:00 – 4:00pm
Featuring delicious Caribbean cuisine, the Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Brunch is happening 12-4p.m. Admission $25 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased by calling (519) 945-0213 or by e-mail to [email protected] or at the door.

Caribbean Centre
2410 Central Avenue, Windsor


Youth Art Class with Dennis K. Smith

February 10 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
In partnership with the River Bookshop, the Amherstburg Freedom Museum and local artist Dennis K. Smith, we are pleased to offer a Youth Art Class. Artists Dennis K. Smith will open his studio and invite young people to create a beautiful work of art. Please contact the museum at 519-736-5433 to register, spaces are limited! Or, RSVP to this FREE event by emailing [email protected] there are only 15 spaces available.

dKs Studio & Gallery
1130 Minto Avenue, LaSalle
519-736-5433


A Blaze of Story, Featuring Erik E-Tomic Johnson

February 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.
Join poet Erik E-Tomic Johnson and City of Windsor Multicultural Storyteller Teajai Travis for a Blaze of Story. Erik E-Tomic Johnson is a local hip-hop inspired wordsmith from Windsor-Essex region, and a proud son of Sandwich Towne in Windsor’s west end as well as a member of the afro indigenous community and a poet and advocate for artists with disabilities.

Café Amor & Art
1464 Ottawa Street, Windsor


Beauty Is Me Presents: BLACK is Beautiful: A Celebration of Strength, Resilience and Triumph

February 15 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm.
This celebration will honour prominent persons of the past and powerful activists in our community today who reflect and make up the creative, influential, educated, and brilliant emerging generation of black people. This event is FREE, meal provided. Doors open at 4:30pm. You don’t want to miss this celebration of our Black History!

WWIA Caribbean Centre
2410 Central Ave, Windsor
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The Windsor Public Library Presents – Adult and Senior – Black History Month Peaceful Place to Paint

February 15 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.
Adults and seniors, join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month from February – June. All supplies will be provided. We are using acrylic paint. Each week a different artist style will be featured to help you improve your painting skills or inspire you to learn how to paint. This is a program for all skill levels. If you have your own paintings, please bring them in to show us.

John Muir Branch, 2nd Floor (glass enclosed activity room)
363 Mill St, Windsor


​​THE NEVER-ENDING QUEST FOR INCLUSION: An ​Exhibit

February 17-24 from 11:00am – 4:30pm.
The Never-Ending Quest for Inclusion is the second portion of The Artists of Colour “Journeys” Project. This special presentation is a fine arts-based project featuring original paintings accompanied by historical fact filled information panels that lead visitors on their quest to learn more. QR codes on each sectional panel engage and increase the learning experience of attendees. The informative exhibit will educate visitors to the strength, determination, and fortitude Blacks exemplified to overcome obstacles, progress toward equity and inclusion, and establish their culture and livelihood into the fabric of Canadian society.

No admission charge.

Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre
3277 Sandwich St W, Windsor
Website


panel discussion: women’s empowerment and community engagement

February 17 at 2:00pm.
Come out to see the latest Panel Discussion: A Conversation about Women’s Empowerment and Community Engagement, with Irene Moore Davis, Shantelle Browning-Morgan, Rose Anguiano Hurst, Kaitlyn Ellsworth, and Leslie McCurdy, with Moderator Cari-Lynn Ristic.

Join Amherstburg Freedom Museum for this free event.

Amherstburg Freedom Museum
277 King St, Amherstburg
Website


Celebrating the Next Generation of Black Youth Excellence

February 21 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.
Guest Speakers, performances, games, food, prizes and much more! Visit www.wechc.org or contact. Contact Olu Ogunde, Case Worker for more information at 519-253-8481 ext. 290.

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – Teen Health Site
1361 Ouellette Ave, Windsor


The Windsor Public Library Presents – Adult and Senior – Celebrating Black History Month – Photographers, Writers, and Poets

February 22 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.
Pictures say 1000 words and so do books and the occasional poem. Today we will be discussing our favourite authors, photographers, poets and non-fiction writers from the African Diaspora.

John Muir Branch, Stable Local History Room,
363 Mill St, Windsor


Black Kids in Action Present “By lifting others, We Rise”

February 23 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.
Join Black Kids in Action Performing Arts Group as they perform their Black History Month Production “By lifting others, We rise.” Tickets $30.00 until Jan. 31st, $35.00 afterward, or $40.00 at the door. For information: Marcia, 519-566-8791, Malcom, 236-971-5112, Daniel Akinbinu, 226-246-6532 or e-mail [email protected].

Capitol Theatre
121 University Ave. W., Windsor


wso concert: Korin Thomas-Smith Sings Mozart

February 23 at 7:30pm. Tickets $35.00.
Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Platée was one of the most highly regarded of Rameau’s operas during his lifetime. Ballet was a huge part of 18th century French opera. Jean-Joseph Cassaneà de Mondonville rounds out the program with a concert of pre-revolutionary court music and you’ll hear music from the Marriage of Figaro by their contemporary Mozart sung by Korin Thomas-Smith.

Amherstburg Freedom Museum
277 King St, Amherstburg
Website


Ford City Funnies – Live Stand-Up Comedy Show

February 24 from 8:00pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance (online).
Join us for our February edition of “Ford City Funnies” hosted by Shawn Townsend and featuring Bella Hugley and our headliner T.Barb! Our headliner is known to give you the latest what’s happenings with her “Only in Detroit” videos, the hilarious and multi-talented Comedian T.Barb! Flying in from the southern U.S., she will leave you captivated with her charm and one-liners, the one and only Bella Hugley! And hosted by the man who can claim both the 313 and the 519, Shawn Townsend! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Amherstburg Freedom Museum for the great work they do in the community! 19+ older Show / Bar.

Club 9
1457 Drouillard Rd, Windsor
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The Windsor Public Library Presents – Adult and Senior – Celebrating Black History Month LOCAL
HISTORY

February 29 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.
This week we will focus on individuals in the Essex County area that have had a significant impact on the way we live. If you have a story to share PLEASE JOIN US and share. For more information please contact Janet C. Brown at 519-255-6770 or [email protected].

John Muir Branch, Stable Local History Room
363 Mill Street, Windsor


Across the River to Freedom: Early Black History in Sandwich

Ongoing, self-guided tour.
Welcome to the Across the River to Freedom walking tour. This tour will let you explore Black History in Old Sandwich Town, one of the final stops on the Underground Railroad, and Windsor’s most historic district. You’ll learn about the people of African decent who built this community and how they fought against racism and injustice.

The main portion of the tour covers approximately 2km and takes about 30 minutes. To learn more, visit the website below.

Across the River to Freedom Walking Tour of Historic Sandwich
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