February 3, 2021

Black History Month

Though we might not be able to gather in person this year, you can still celebrate Black History Month with Oakville’s bevvy of virtual activities. 

Keep reading for more about learning and celebrating Black History and culture in Oakville:

1. Oakville Museum Underground Railroad Tours

Stop by the grounds of the Oakville Museum on your local stroll for a look through some of Oakville’s earliest Black history. The Museum’s front windows and grounds will be adorned with information from their exhibit, Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History. You can also tune in for themed Facebook Live activities and virtual Black History walking tours throughout the month to learn more about Oakville’s early African-American settlers and the town’s relationship with the Underground Railroad.

2. Seika Boye Talk

Explore art, race and culture at this Oakville Galleries event, where dance artist and scholar Seika Boye will reflect on Senga Nengudi’s exhibition Hourglass alongside her own research in Blackness, movement histories and the archive.

3. The Skin We’re In

Learn more about the Black experience in Toronto and beyond during this discussion with activist, radio host and award-winning journalist Desmond Cole.

4. In Conversation with Cherie Jones

Sit down for a discussion with author Cherie Jones as she speak about her novel, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House. This event will be moderated by Anuja Varghese and followed by a Q&A with viewers.

5. Issues of Race in Education: Supporting Black Families

Join community leaders for a discussion of systemic racism and our school systems. Learn more about the steps being taken to address issues impacting Black families and their children in Halton Region.

6. Ignited to Inspire: Black Women Thriving During a Pandemic

Celebrate the resilience and success of Black women in our society at this virtual discussion. Co-authors of the book 21 Resilient Women: Stories of Courage, Growth and Transformation will lead you through lessons in life, love and determination in this hour-long session.

7. HERO film screening and CCAH multi-media & written word contest winners

Tune in for the screening of this film, which is inspired by the life of Ulric Cross who has experienced many key human rights moments of the 20th century. The film will be followed by Q&A with Director and Producer, Frances-Anne Solomon.

8. Navigating, Challenging, and Confronting Anti-Black Racism

Join Dr. Christopher Stuart Taylor for a discussion about Black history and identity in Canada. Explore the parallels of early black settlers and modern day newcomers in this virtual session.