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Windsor Essex Black History Month Guide 2022

Friday, January 28 to Monday, February 28

Essex County is rich in Black history. Canadians of African descent have played important roles in the cultural, political, social, and economic progress of our communities. To celebrate our heritage here are some of the Black History Month events happening around our region.

Annual Windsor-Essex Black History Month Kick-Off  -Virtual

January 28, , 7pm – 9pm. Featuring Black history highlights, poetry, and music. With a focus on Celebrating Black Women of Excellence this year, this free event is hosted by the Essex County Black Historical
Research Society, the Windsor West Indian Association, the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, and Black Women of Forward Action. We will publicly recognize the importance of Black History Month as well as encourage the community to participate in the array of Black History Month events hosted locally this year.

Register at eventbrite.ca

Maafa: Our Stories, a Global Conversation

January 29, 2pm – 4pm. Join the Nile Valley Foundation with hosts Irene Moore Davis and Denise Williams. Featured panelists appearing live from both sides of the Atlantic will include Dr. Afua Cooper, Dr. George Dei,
Rosemary Sadlier, Nii Koney, Naa-Amerley Asante Armar, and Dr. Tolu Oloruntoba, 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award Winner for Poetry.

Zoom Meeting ID: 982 2150 7168, Passcode: 0220222

Virtual Africana

January 29, 3pm – 6pm & Jan 30 4pm – 6pm. The Black Canadians for Cultural, Educational, and Economic Progress presents this online event to celebrate African culture featuring speakers, entertainment, and more.

Email bcceepwindsor@gmail.com for more information.

Annual Black History Month Kick-Off -Virtual

January 30, 4pm. The Ontario Black History Society will host its annual Black History Month Kick-Off with the theme “Home” .  We’ll talk about Black & Indigenous solidarity, how and why Black people call Canada home, and finding the perfect home for the new Black Canadian museum envisioned for Toronto. The program will feature community recognition profiles/annual awards, Black history highlights, entertainment, and so
much more, with keynote speaker Ginelle Skerritt and host Arlene Duncan. Note: if you are outside the Greater Toronto Area, please choose the tickets that do not include meal delivery.

Register at eventbrite.ca

Amherstburg Freedom Museum

February – Visit the Amherstburg Freedom Museum to view a display about the No. 2 Construction Battalion, in addition to a separate display featuring the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, in
celebration of his 100th birthday.

277 King St, Amherstburg

28 Days, 28 Books to Read

February 1-28. The University of Windsor Leddy Library will feature daily recommendations from community members for great reading on Black history and culture. The digital event will publish one recommendation on its social media channels each of the 28 days in February.


University of Windsor

February 1-28. Follow the University of Windsor for news about the many excellent virtual events planned for Black History/Black Futures Month… weekly trivia contests, a special presentation by alumnus, artist, and newly inducted member of the Order of Canada Robert Small, a fireside chat with distinguished Black/African/Caribbean alumni, a virtual performance and live Q & A with Leslie McCurdy, the annual Afrofest celebration, and more!


28 Days of Inspiring Black Women

February 1-28. Follow Black Women of Forward Action 28 Days of Inspiring Black Women, 28 daily social media posts shining a light on some of the best and brightest women of Black/African/Caribbean heritage in Canada today.

Facebook: Black Women of Forward Action

Buy Black 28 Day Challenge

February 1-28. Join Black Business Can for a showcase of Black-owned businesses on Facebook and Instagram that you can learn about, visit, and enjoy with your family.


Windsor Public Library

February 1-28. View collections that celebrate Black heritage, encourage diverse and unique voices, and consider the historical significance of Black activists from around the world. In honour of Black History Month, WPL has created a resource calendar featuring relevant books, ebooks, and audiobooks written by Black authors or featuring Black characters, for readers of all ages.

email ZHirmiz@windsorpubliclibrary.com for an electronic copy
Pick up a hard copy while supplies last
John Muir Branch: 363 Mill St, Windsor

Lecture: “Plotting Black Studies in Canada”

February 4 at 10am. The University of Windsor presents a lecture by Dr. Rosalind Hampton of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  Dr. Hampton’s areas of
teaching and graduate student supervision include Black radical thought; arts and creative practice; Black women’s life writing; Black learners in Canada; and critical ethnographic and arts-informed
methods of inquiry. The event is the second in the Distinguished Speaker Series in Anti-Racism and AntiOppression Pedagogies. It will run on the Microsoft Teams platform and is free to attend.

Look for the registration link at uwindsor.ca/dailynews

Black Excellence in the Media, a virtual event

February 10 at 3pm. Presented by The University of Windsor Alumni Association. Whether being in front of the camera or making an impact from behind the scenes, these panelists will share their journey from University of Windsor to the world of media. They will discuss the challenges, the successes, the importance of representation in their industries and what we can look forward to in the future. The alumni panel is moderated by Dwania
Peele BSc ’11, BA ’11. With special guests: Alison Duke BHK ’89, MHK ’91, Co-founder OYA Media Group, Jermain Franklin BA ’89, TSN, Anchor at SportsCentre and Alain P. Authur, Executive Producer for
Caribbean Vibrations TV Ltd.

Register here: events.attend.com

Afrofest 2022

February 10-25. Currently, Afrofest 2022 will take place at the University of Windsor, however, due to COVID-19 concerns, events may be held virtually if necessary. Afrofest is presented by the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance with aid from the university’s Black student groups and organizations. The African Diaspora Festival is a week-long celebration of African Heritage Month which takes place in February. The week consists of various cultural and educational activities that document and celebrate the contributions made by peoples of African descent to the world. The focus of this year’s festival is community solidarity and mental health.

Book Reading and Q & A with Habiba Cooper Diallo

February 12 at 2pm. Presented by Black Women of Forward Action. Habiba Cooper Diallo, author of #BlackInSchool, her high school journal, in which she documents, processes, and resists the systemic racism, microaggressions, stereotypes, and outright racism she experienced in Canada’s education system. Her words will resonate with some, but should shock, appall, and animate a great many more into action towards a society that is truly equitable for all.

Follow the Black Women of Forward Action social media channels for registration info or contact BWFA at bwfa.info@gmail.com

Black History Brunch

February 13, 12pm – 5pm. The Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Brunch.

519-945-0213, wwiavp@bellnet.ca
Caribbean Centre, 2410 Central Ave, Windsor

Essex County Black Historical Research Society

February 17 at 7pm. Join us online for a presentation by Shantelle Browning-Morgan and Kimberly Simmons. They’ll be describing the international Underground Railroad curriculum which has been developed by the Detroit River Project in partnership with the University of Michigan and which will be piloted in schools both in Michigan and Ontario.

Register by e-mail: ecbhrs@gmail.com

Panel Discussion

February 23 at 6:30pm. Black Business Can will offer a panel discussion about federal procurement including a Q & A session.


Black History Movies and Art Displays

February 25-26. The Coalition for Justice Unity Equity and Sandwich Teen Action Group will present a free viewing of great Black history movies and art displays. at  ON. Come view to amazing movies in our movie theater. Children’s art displays! Social distancing and masks.

519-300-6535, www.cjue.org 
3735 King Street, Windsor

 “Telling Our Story: Black History Month”

February 26 at 7pm. Presented by the Black Kids in Action Performing Arts Group on their YouTube page. Donations e-transferred to bkiayouths2019@gmail.com will be gratefully accepted.

Reading by Kim Elliott

February 26 at 7pm. Kim Elliott invites the community to a reading and Q & A regarding his novel in progress, titled Windsor West: SEEDS.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 859 8845 1887, Passcode: 189309

Windsor Express Basketball

February 26. Join the Amherstburg Freedom Museum as they partner with the Windsor Express Basketball Team.

519-736-5433, amherstburgfreedom.org
WFCU Centre – 8787 McHugh St, Windsor

tour of Black historical sites

February 26-27, 2022 – On February 26th (times TBD) Nigerian Canadians for Cultural, Educational and Economic Progress will host a tour of Black historical sites.


Omoluabi Black History Event -Virtual

On February 27. Presented by Nigerian Canadians for Cultural, Educational and Economic Progress, featuring entertaining performances, guest speakers, and youth presentations.


Black History Tea

February 27, 2pm – 5pm. The Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Tea.

By Donation
519-945-0213, e-mail wwiavp@bellnet.ca
Caribbean Centre, 2410 Central Ave., Windsor

Black History Series Presentation

February 2. Join the Amherstburg Freedom Museum for February’s guest speaker, Dr. Maria Hammack, who will share information about Black women involved in the Underground Railroad in Mexico and Canada, both as Freedom Seekers and Underground Railroad Operatives.

Facebook: Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Amherstburg Freedom Museum: 277 King St, Amherstburg

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