Black History & African Heritage Month

For the 2022-year, Black History and African Heritage Month efforts have been spear-headed by the Human Rights and Equity Anti-Racism department in collaboration with various campus departments and student groups.

Black History Month, also known as African History Month at Brock, was typically organized through the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee (BAHRC). The BAHRC works to develop events throughout the year, primarily in FebruaryCanada’s House of Commons recognized February as Black History Month in 1995 to honour Black Canadians. Senate followed in recognizing Black History Month in 2008. Over the years the BAHRC has worked to organize talks, guest lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and more art exhibits for the Brock public and local Niagara Region community. 

About Black History Month

Black History/African History Month at Brock has been an opportunity to celebrate and embrace Black Canadians and encourage everyone to learn about the accomplishments, histories, stories, and strengths of the Black community here in Canada.

Over the years, a wide range of themes have been an opportunity to jump start conversations around Blackness on camps. Through conversations and information sharing, we are able to take a deeper understanding of what Canadian History and present day society looks like. In similar vein to Brock’s strategic plan, BAHRC works to enhancing Brock’s culture to be one of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization.

The Political Origins of Black History Month

Some may wonder about the history of Black History Month in Canada, where it started, when it started, and who put these conversations into field. Canada’s connection to Black History Month is one that works from the development of Black History Month in the United States of America.

The development of Black History Month found its footing in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-educated African American historian, suggested that there be dedicated time in the year specifically for the recognition of African Americans and develop an awareness of Black history in the United States. This birthed Negro History Week in 1926. In the early 1970s, the title changed to Black History Week which then became Black History Month in 1976.

In December 1995, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine put forward a motion that the House of Commons officially recognize February as Black History Month in Canada. This motion was carried universally by the House of Commons.

In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced the Motion to Recognize Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008.

Source: Black History Month – Canada.ca

Black History Month 2022

Join in across campus as we celebrate Black History and African Heritage Month! Check out the events and initiatives that will be taking place this month into March. Every year, the Anti-Racism department is devoted to providing anti-racist education, resources, community engagement, and more.

Events at Brock University

Black voices: Black History and African Diaspora in Academia. Meet the academics!

 

Wednesday, February 2nd

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Black History will kick off with a panel series called “Black Voices” where we amplify the voices of black individuals in all aspects of life, including academia. “Black History and African Diaspora in Academia. Meet the academics!” will be an event where black professors would share the importance of incorporating Black, African history, culture and knowledge in academia. This will be a faculty meet and greet of some of the Black faculty and instructors on campus whose work focuses on Black, African and equity issues. We will briefly highlight our newly incorporated Africana Studies program as well as the importance of incorporating our stories in academia. Furthermore, attendees will about the panelists, their research and insights into their academic a Black professor in a predominantly White institution. This panel will be moderated by Professor Dolana Mogadime, Professor in the Department of Educational Studies 

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Meet the panelists! 

Black Hairstory: Black beauty from the roots

 

Wednesday, February 9th

Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm

This workshop will be an educational event about celebrating Black hair and beauty. This workshop will cover the history of black hair, beauty standards and how to embrace your beauty in a society that celebrates Eurocentric standards of beauty. This will be an interactive presentation, open to all staff, faculty and students. This event will be an opportunity for the Brock community to learn about how our hair is integral to our cultural roots, and identity.

This event will be hosted by York University PhD candidate Shaunasea Brown.

Followed by an exclusive Black students only debriefing from 6:30pm to 7:30pm via teams. This will be a safe space to share unfiltered thoughts and feelings. This is in collaboration with the Black Student Association for their Living in Colour Series, where they host discussion sessions about topics that affect the black community.

NB: An option to register for the *Black student/staff/faculty only* after-presentation workshop will be emailed once you’ve RSVP’d to this event.

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For questions regarding the Black student only debrief, please email Eve Nyambiya at enyambiya@brocku.ca

ig live trivia

 

Every Friday starting Febuary 4th!

Time: 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Join HRE’s Anti-Racism and Inclusion Advisor to participate in a live game of trivia showcasing Black North American changemakers, icons and trailblazers! Participate in answering the questions to win a gift card prizes!

  • Featuring special guests!
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BIPOC Gender & Sexual Violence Support Drop-In

Date: Every Wednesday starting January 26th

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Seeking gender & sexual violence support resources specifically for BIPOC communities? Curious about healthy relationships and consent? Come and join us for our weekly BIPOC GSV SUPPORT drop in! This student- lead space is ran by our BIPOC Peer 2 Peer staff who will listen to any culturally-specific questions and concerns regarding consent, sex, healthy and unhealthy relationships, or just need someone to talk to. We can also help get you the resources and information you need if you want further support surrounding sexual violence, safe accommodations, mental health, physical health, or spiritual support.

BIPOC GSV Support Drop-In

Our services are completely confidential, and we encourage that you join us anonymously (click this link for instructions on joining Teams Anonymously).

Community Events

Check out some other events taking place off campus! Please note that the Brock University is not affiliated with these events and is only promoting them. Please click on the website for more information on how to attend these events

Niagara parks: Black History Speaker Series

Discover three different perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada with this three-part online speaker series. This inspiring series will explore the power of the Black community in Niagara. From those who made headlines by escaping the bondage of slavery to settle in Niagara, to those who influenced the political and business scene on both sides of the Niagara River and throughout Ontario.

This year’s Black History Speaker Series is delivered as a live-streamed, digital event. Tickets grant access using any computer, tablet or mobile device for these live, interactive sessions with leading community historians and commentators specializing in Black history and culture.

Tickets are $15 per event, or gain access to the entire series for $35. All sessions begin at 7:00 PM.

Meet the Speakers

Exploring Black History in Essex County with Irene Moore Davis

Gain a new perspective on the rich heritage of Black communities and individuals in Essex County during the eras of slavery, abolitionism and the Underground Railroad

Black and in the Niagara Borderlands Before the Civil War with Dr. Dann Broyld

Dr. Dan Broyld emphasizes that  Black inhabitants of Rochester, New York and St. Catharines, Canada West possessed transnational identities and strategically positioned themselves near the American-Canadian partition where immigration, movement and interaction occurred.

Sale of Said Negro Woman’: Chloe Cooley and the Enslaved Black People in Niagara with Natasha Henry

On March 14, 1793, Chloe Cooley, an enslaved Black woman in Niagara was bound and taken across the Niagara River by her enslaver to be sold in New York. Cooley was one of many Black women, men and children held as chattel in the Niagara region. This intriguing session alongside Natasha Henry will explore their lives and experiences and the role of slavery in Upper Canada.

Black history month at Brock