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Black History Month

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Artwork: The Mothers On Their Way to the Chapel by Tafadzwa Maposa. Commissioned by the London Black History Coordinating Committee in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Black History Month

Events 2022

20 Years! Respecting the Past, Embracing the Present, Impacting the Future

London Black History Coordinating Committee (LBHCC) Events

The LBHCC was formed in 2002 and is comprised of a dedicated team of volunteers and community partners including London Public Library. The LBHCC is committed to providing programs and services that will increase public understanding of the diversity and history of London’s Black community.

Find the full schedule of Black History Month events in London and area on the LBHCC website
LBHCC Event Schedule
Tafadzwa Maposa

About the Artist

Tafadzwa Maposa is an emerging visual artist who lives and works in London, Ontario. Although she is largely self-taught she holds a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College and a BA in Art History from Western University. While drawing is her first love and is what introduced her to artmaking, Tafadzwa enjoys exploring different styles and materials and considers herself a multidisciplinary artist. This year she will be collaborating with W.E.A.N. Community Centre through London Public Library to create art for W.E.A.N.’s new library.

About the Art

The Mothers On Their Way to the Chapel

The Mothers was created to celebrate an integral piece of London’s Black History-- the Fugitive Slave Chapel and the culture that was sustained within its walls. Through photomontage and the use of vibrant colours, I was interested in capturing the vividness of the Chapel and the people who walked through its doors to seek refuge and then entered its doors every Sunday ever since. The women portrayed in this image are the church mothers who are revered as the pillars of their faith and community. I hope this work inspires viewers to feel connected to the Chapel and to learn the history of London’s black heritage.

Library Events for Black History Month

Black History Month Children's Celebration 2022
Free

View on Zoom

Mondays, Feb 7 - 28, 6:30 - 7PM

Join us as we showcase Black history and culture through stories, folklore, music, dance and much more. Presented by the London Black History Coordinating Committee in partnership with London Public Library.

Register for each week

Black History Month Art Workshop
Ages 8+

Saturday Feb 5 or 19, 2 - 2:45PM

Create your very own Lois Mailou Jones-inspired painting in this fun, interactive workshop. Our instructor will guide you through a simple step-by-step process from start to finish. All materials provided. No experience necessary.

Register here

Black History Month Live Kahoot Trivia
Family

Mondays, Feb 14 and 28, 7:15 - 8PM

Registration opens January 22

Join us for a Live Kahoot family challenge on Zoom! The top-scoring player or team will win a prize!

Feb 14 theme: Entertainment & Sports

Feb 28 theme: Heroes & Icons

Register here

Virtual Presentation & Discussion
Free

Wednesday February 17, 7 - 9PM

Canadian Black History: Who is telling the Story? Key Note: Natasha Henry, President - Ontario Black History Society.

Organized by Congress of Black Women, London Chapter

African Food Festival
$10/person
$20/Family

Friday February 19, 4 - 7PM

Food Experience and the opportunity to order African food and pick up at Yaya's Kitchen

630 Dundas St, London, ON N5W 2Y8

Phone: (519) 319-3463

We will serve food from different African countries and culture

Contact: fanny.newport@ccflondon.ca

Cost: $10.00 per person or $20.00 for a family of up to four

LEWIS CORAY TRAILBLAZER AWARD FOR YOUTH

Friday February 26, 7 - 9PM

Join the London Police Service to celebrate Trailblazer Award winners and recognize youth from the African, Caribbean and Black communities.

This year’s keynote speaker is Barbara Nathoo. Barbara has been an educator for 33 years and is currently an elementary principal at St-Jude Elementary School. Having the lived experience of an immigrant child, Barb is passionate about teaching, learning and equitable outcomes for all children from all backgrounds and cultures.

Sergeant Lewis Coray was the first black officer hired by the London Police Service. The annual Trailblazer Award continues to celebrate his contribution to policing and to the London community.

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Forms available online

Contact: Alcindor Pierre at APierre@londonpolice.ca

Constable Anthea Fordyce - diversityofficer@londonpolice.ca

Closing Celebration

Saturday February 27, 2 - 5PM

The closing Celebration is a celebration of culture that is the Black Community in London and beyond. Featuring artists and local musicians.

2021 BLACK COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - CALL FOR NOMINEES

Saturday February 27, 2 - 5PM

The London Black History Coordinating Committee will recognize two deserving members of our community (one male and one female) based on their past and or present service and contribution to the community, both in the Black community and the community at large.

To be considered, applications are due on or before Friday January 22

Forms available here

Contact: info@lbhcc.ca

Museum London

Museum London is celebrating Black History Month with a video tour of the exhibition "Black Lives Matter, London" featuring signs from the 2020 Black Lives Matter protest. They will also be releasing a Black History Tour of London and Southwestern Ontario and make sure to check out Melanated View; a TV series created by five Black Canadians who share their experiences in an open dialogue!

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There's so much more!

Would you like to promote your Black History month event?

To include your events on our website, email: info@lbhcc.ca

Library Spotlight: Black History Month

In honour of Black History Month, this list features current, well-reviewed fiction and nonfiction titles that reflect the experiences and voices of Black Canadians. This year’s spotlight has been expanded and includes titles recommended by W.E.A.N. Community Centre in London.

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