‘Education and celebration’ key parts of Black History Month in Mississauga
Published February 2, 2024 at 10:58 am
With a focus on “education, reflection and celebration,” Mississauga is hosting dozens of events, exhibits, tours and other activities the next four weeks to mark Black History Month.
Each February, Black History Month provides the opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the city’s Black community, City of Mississauga officials say, adding that “Black history is our history.”
In partnership with the Black Caucus Alliance, the city will recognize accomplishments and shine a spotlight on talented artists, authors, musicians and more who are amplifying local Black voices and stories, officials said.
The BCA is a group of Black community members that advises Mississauga’s mayor on issues affecting Black communities.
“We are proud to highlight just a few of the many talented individuals and help them amplify their voices and stories in our community,” acting Mayor Joe Horneck said in a City of Mississauga news release. “Under the continued guidance of organizations like the Black Caucus Alliance, we’re forging a vibrant future and are committed to acting on the recommendations outlined in the Black Community Engagement Report as a city, paving the way towards a more inclusive society and helping to create positive change one step at a time.”
Throughout Black History Month, residents are invited to take part in the conversation and, more importantly, learn and develop a deeper understanding of the history of people of African descent in Canada and Mississauga, city officials and the BCA said.
“We’re proud to partner with the city to recognize the amazing contributions of the Black community — past, present and future. Through our continued partnership, we’re taking steps towards equity by tackling anti-Black racism,” said BCA chair Shelly Scott-England. “This month, we honour the Black community’s achievements, highlight our vibrant culture and history while continuing to bring awareness about ongoing injustices.”
Numerous events are scheduled throughout February, some of which include:
- museum tours
- library author talks and book clubs
- events highlighting local Black artists and musicians
- other events and community celebrations
- sports and shows
One of the key evenings planned this month is the second annual Celebrating Black Excellence Event, taking place Feb. 23 at city hall from 6-9 p.m.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of Mississauga’s Black community,” said city officials. “The event will include musical guests, keynote speakers and an awards ceremony.”
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