History Starts Today: Durham Region Ontario Canada: Black History Month – February 01, 2020

13th Annual Durham Black History Month Celebration
History Starts Today: Meet the Builders
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, Ajax, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

(Ajax, Ontario, January 9, 2020) – “History Starts Today: Meet the Builders” is the theme of the 13th Annual  Durham Black History Month Celebration, presented by Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. in partnership with the Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, Durham Black Educators’ Network, the Congress of Black Women (Ajax/Pickering) and By Blacks.   

If history is the study of the past, then today is history in the making. Our 2020 theme celebrates some of today’s “Builders,” with a keynote panel discussion with individuals who are making, or have made, inroads along unconventional paths, dispelling stereotypes by pursuing non- traditional professions, and living their dream, their truth “because of” or in “spite of.” Our panel will feature Karl Subban, hockey dad and motivational speaker; Dorsey James, sculptor; Isaac Wanzama, entrepreneur, founder Geekspeak; Isaac Olowolafe Jr, entrepreneur, founder Dream Maker Ventures Inc.; and Uchechi Ezurike-Bosse, business and lifestyle   strategist.

Durham Region’s largest, free Black History Month celebration will also welcome a roster of musical performances, including, Set Apart, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School’s Spoken Word Club, DOAHL Dance Academy, storyteller Kesha Christie and vocalist Tony Anthony. The event will also honour Coach Hubert “Junior” Groves of Master’s Futbol Academy, the 2020 recipient of the Madiba Award. Named after Nelson Mandela’s ancestral Xhosa clan and signifying a term of respect and endearment, Madiba is one of many names by which Mandela was affectionately known. The Award honours a leader of African ancestry in Durham Region whose experience embodies Nelson Mandela’s values, vision, and commitment to overcome
barriers in his long fight for freedom and equality.

Hosted by Femi Lawson, everyone is welcome to this free event, Saturday, February 1, 5 – 9:00 p.m. at J.Clarke Richardson Collegiate, 1355 Harwood Avenue North. The doors to the theatre open promptly at 6:30 p.m. for the stageperformances and keynote address. Get tickets online at https://durhambhm2020.eventbrite.ca. The community fair with refreshments and networking runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

For event details, follow “Durham Black History Month” on Facebook @DurhamBHM or contact Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. at culturalexpressionsbhm@gmail.com.

The Durham Black History Month Celebration is proudly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pickering, Rotary Club of Ajax, Durham Region Police Service, the UPS Store (Ajax) and the Town of Ajax Library. Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that contributes to making art and culture accessible through special events.

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Media Contact:
Esther Forde, Founder & Chair, Durham Black History Month Celebration
Email: culturalexpressionsbhm@gmail.com

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Comments

  • the only  On January 20, 2020 at 10:46 am

    EVERY DAY IS BLACK HISTORY NOT JUST ONE MONTH.

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