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Black History Month

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Black History Month

Events 2021

Celebrating the Strength & Resilience of the Black Community in Southwestern Ontario

This year's programs (except the Food Festival) will take place online using Zoom.
Register for online programs at

Opening Celebration

Saturday February 6, 1 - 2:30PM

Special Guest Aaron Francis, Creator and Curator of Vintage Black Canada will share images and stories from various families from Southwestern Ontario. This year's performances will also include 519 School of Hip Hop, Shanelle Twumasi and Helen Hibbert along with a selection of cultural groups & businesses that will be highlighted during the program.

For further information please contact Leroy Hibbert:

Youth Forum

Saturday February 20, 12 - 3PM

The purpose of the Youth Forum is to provide an engaging empowering and educational way to discuss issues and build community among Black Youth and Indigenous Youth.

Contact Carl Cadogan at

Children’s Celebration

Every Monday in February

Starting Monday February 1, 6:30 - 7PM

The goal of the Family Celebration is to showcase Black history and culture to all families in London and area, through stories, folklore, music, dance and much more. Our hope is that the rich, cultural performances will inspire curiousity in all, and help break down any barriers that might exist.

Contact Christina at

Virtual Presentation & Discussion

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

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


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


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

Constable Anthea Fordyce -

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.


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


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!

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Celebrate Black Voices: Adult Online Reading Challenge
Feb 1-Mar 7

Discover both new and treasured works from Black authors recommended by our community and librarians. Log your reading time to earn badges and chances to win prizes. There are multiple gift cards to be won! To join the Adult Online Reading Challenge register or participate with your existing Beanstack account at the URL link below OR download the Beanstack Tracker app to register/participate on a device. Log your reading time to earn badges, and earn draw entries with each completed badge.

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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 persons of colour.

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