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Black History Month



BCBHAS 2017 Events Calendar


Date, Time, Location               Event Details Tickets, Price

Saturday, January 28

Noon to 3:00 pm

Greater Victoria Public Library Main Branch. 735 Broughton Street

BCBHAS Black History Month Kick-off.  Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with displays by BCBHAS,

Victoria African Caribbean Cultural

Society and the African Heritage Association. Members will be available to showcase their displays, talk about upcoming events and answer questions. 


Thursday, Feb 2

8:00 pm

Metro Theatre

1411 Quadra Street

“Just an Ordinary Lawyer:

Intrepid Theatre presents a play with songs; written & performed by Tayo Aluko; about Nigerian Tunji Sowande Britain’s first black judge in 1978. 

Tickets for the show are now on sale: http://intrepidtheatre.com/shows/just-an-ordinary-lawyer/

Tickets: $23 in advance/$25 at the door


Ticket Rocket 250-590-6291

Saturday, Feb 4

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at  Oak Bay High School

2121 Cadboro Road

Family-oriented Drum and Dance Workshop: Featuring drum workshops and performances, African and Caribbean food, music and more!

Free with ticket VACCS Events Tickets

Saturday, Feb 4

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School

2121 Cadboro Road

Drum and Dance Festival Live Show.

You won’t want to miss this live show featuring a variety of world-class African musicians, dancers and artists, including a special guest from Vancouver: Jacky Esombé.

The Live Show starts at 6:00 pm tickets are $25.00 available through Eventbrite.ca

 VACCS Events Tickets

Saturday, Feb 4

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

University of Victoria Legacy Gallery. 630 Yates Street

The Mystery of Grafton Tyler Brown: Race, Art and Landscape in 19th Century British Columbia. 

Afternoon presentation about BC’s first black professional artist; with UVIC History Department Chair John Lutz and writer and art historian, Robert Chandler.  Light refreshments provided.


Sunday, Feb 5

10:00 am

Shady Creek Church

7162 EAST Saanich Road, Brentwood Bay

Shady Creek Church Service.

Karen Hoshal will be holding a Black History Service at the Shady Creek Church.  The service begins at 10:15 a.m.  All are welcomed to attend.

Church offering

Saturday, Feb 11

4:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Garth Homer Centre, 813 Darwin Avenue

African & Caribbean Dinner, Performance, Music and Dance.

 Join AHAVI for an evening of food, music, entertainment and dancing that celebrates the many and diverse cultures of Africa and the Caribbean.

For tickets contact:

Alfred @ 250-896-0620 or

Horacio @ 778-678-7645 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Adults $25.00

Students $20.00

Kids $15.00

Children 12 and under – free

Sunday, Feb 12

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Ross Bay Cemetery Meet in front of Oregano’s at the Fairfield Shopping Centre.

1516 Fairfield Rd.

** Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start time.

Ross Bay Cemetery Tour – rain or shine.

A guided tour of the graves of the black pioneers and others, including Sir James Douglas. Hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society.


$2.00 for Old Cemetery Society  & BCBHAS Members

Saturday, Feb 18

3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ecole Victor-Brodeur

673 Head Street, Esquimalt Rd.

Screening and panel discussion of “The Colour of Beauty”, a compelling short documentary that examines racism in the fashion industry.

A light dinner will be served.

Free with tickets

VACCS Events Tickets

Sunday, Feb 19

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Cook Street Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street.

Heritage Day.

Displays, information, artefacts and an opportunity to meet and talk with members of the Society and representatives from the Victoria Genealogical Society, Old Cemeteries Society, Saanich Pioneers Society, the Victoria African-Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS) and African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island  (AHAVI)

2:00 pm - Unveiling of plaque commemorating Mifflin Gibbs.  There will be a special ceremony at 2:00 pm hosted by Parks Canada to uveil this plaque.


Featured Speaker: Karen Hoshal: a descendant of the Alexander Pioneer Family, shares stories about her ancestors and other B.C. Black Pioneers. 

Performance by Mbira Spirit—country classics, blues, reggae, folk, gospel, spiritual and traditional with an African Twist! 

By Donation

Saturday, Feb 25

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

1040 Moss Street.

Leila Sujir wrote and directed the film "FOR JACKSON:  A TIME CAPSULE.  This moving portrait incorporates interviews, family footage and archival materials to recount history through two grandmothers, Rosemary Brown (1930-2003) and Ruth Horricks-Sujir (born 1925). The documentary is intended as a time capsule for Jackson, their 7-year-old grandson.

Rosemary Brown was the first Black woman elected to public office in Canada (in the BC legislature, starting in 1972) and later served as Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She received the Order of Canada and the Order of Jamaica.

Admission by donation. 

**Limited seating

Saturday, Feb 25

6:00 pm to 12:30 am

Cedar Hill Recreation Centre Auditorium.  3220 Cedar Hill Road

Black History Month GALA and Community Recognition Awards.

Dress to impress and enjoy entertainment, light dining, awards ceremony and dancing; celebrating community accomplishments. 

Early-bird tickets until Jan 15, 2017: $15.00

Regular price is $25.00

VACCS Events Tickets

Monday, Feb 27

7:00 pm

Belfry Theatre

1291 Gladstone Ave.


Ann-Bernice Thomas, Victoria’s

2016 Youth Poet Laureate uses her voice to rally social change with themes of immigration, identity, feminism, sexual education, mental health, and racism.

Maureen Washington and trio passionately delivering soulful jazz and blues; she has won several awards including 2014 Black Canadian Award's Best Jazz and Soul Artist and 2011 & 2013 & 2014 Monday Magazine’s Jazz and Blues Artist of the Year.

By Donation 

Friday, March 10

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

University of Victoria Legacy Galleries, 630 Yates Street

Re-Imagining Race, Art and Landscape.  3 artists, 3 performances, 1 event. Charles Campbell, Kemi Craig and Ann-Bernice Thomas respond to the story of Grafton Tyler Brown, BC’s first black professional artist. Light refreshments provided.   





It was in 1995 that Canada 1st celebrated Black History Month, following the initiative of the Honourable Jean Augustine, Canada’s first black Member of Parliament.

Here’s the history on Black History Month ….

The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week."

At the time of Negro History Week's launch, Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society:  "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated …”

This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglas on February 14, Black communities had celebrated both dates together since the late 19th century.

The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.

Black History Month does have critics and has sparked debate about the continued usefulness and fairness of a designated month dedicated to the history of one race. Many people think that Black History Month furthers segregation, rather than distinction and should be integrated with the remainder of our collective histories.  

In any case, it was in 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government.

Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987.

It is now celebrated annually in Canada and the United States in February, and the United Kingdom in October.