Mississauga’s Black community celebrated tonight at City Hall

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Published February 24, 2023 at 5:49 pm

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Mississauga’s Black community will be celebrated tonight (Feb. 24) at City Hall in an event that features several keynote speakers, musical guests and an awards ceremony honouring those who’ve contributed significantly to the city.

Celebrating Black Excellence takes place in the Great Hall inside City Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the formal program gets underway at 7 p.m.

Organizers say the large-scale event, which is being held as part of Black History Month, celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of Mississauga’s Black community.

Keynote speakers include Jean Augustine, former fairness commissioner of Ontario and the first Black Canadian woman to serve as a federal Minister of the Crown and MP, Liberal MP Ahmed Hussen and City of Mississauga Ward 9 Councillor Martin Reid, first elected to council last October.

The Black Excellence Awards, to be handed out as part of the evening, focus on the efforts and achievements of Mississauga’s Black residents and volunteers in five categories: health, youth, community, legacy and business.

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The event comes as Black History Month in Mississauga and across the country concludes next week.

Mississauga hosted dozens of events, exhibits, tours and other activities throughout February.

Each February, Black History Month provides the opportunity for celebration and serves as a strong reminder that “Black history is our history,” City of Mississauga officials said in an earlier news release.

“Black History Month is a time for education, reflection and celebration in Mississauga. Diversity truly makes Mississauga shine, and we are committed to supporting the rich culture, heritage and history of Black Canadians in our city,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said earlier.

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