Black History Month 2019

Recognizing and celebrating the contribution and achievements of Blacks in BC past and present  ... and it's our 25th Anniversary!

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DateEventLocation, AdmissionEvent Hi-lites
02 - SATURDAYInformation KioskDate: Saturday, February 2, 2019 Time: noon to 2:00 pm Location: GVPL – Main Branch, 735 Broughton Admission: Free Marking the beginning of Black History Month with displays by BCBHAS, GVPL and the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI) Members will be available to talk about upcoming events and answer questions. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.
03 - SUNDAYBlack History Month Church ServiceDate, Sunday, February 3, 2019 Time: 10:15 am Location: 7180 East Saanich Road at the Central Saanich United Church originally The Shady Creek Church Admission: Church offering. All are welcome to attend. The Service will be led by Karen Hoshal, the Vice President of our Society and a direct descendant of Charles and Nancy Alexander who made their home in Saanichton. Charles helped build the original church and was the first Preacher. Tea, coffee and home-made baked goods are available after the service.
04 - MONDAYConcert at the Belfry TheatreDate: Monday, February 4, 2019 Time: 7:00 pm Location: Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue. Admission: By donation – minimum donation of $10.00/person appreciated. co-sponsored with the Belfry Theatre and GVPL Opening Performance: Adelene da Soul Poet is a direct descendant of BC black pioneers. Born as Bertha Clark, her grandmother was part of Vancouver’s history when she opened Vie’s Chicken and Steaks in the 1940s, a restaurant that was a home away from home for visiting black performers. Main Performance: Pablo Cardenas, pianist has a unique and engaging style that encompasses Classical, Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Fusion & Improvisation. Pablo Cardenas graduated in 1996 from the National Conservatory of Music in Matanzas, Cuba; in 2001 Graduate of the National Conservatory of Music in Havana, Cuba. He is a member of the Piano Teachers Federation and runs a successful business teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages as well as playing professionally in and around Victoria.
17 - SUNDAYHeritage Day and the Society begins the celebrations for its’ 25th Anniversary!Date: Sunday, February 17 Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Location: Cook Street Village Activity Centre Admission: By donation Displays, information, artifacts BCBHAS has been telling BC’s History for 25 years. Find out about history of the Society itself. Who, what, when and why; and how we continue to deliver on our purpose and mandate. We are in good company. Come join the celebration of our collective histories with these iconic historical societies. Old Cemeteries Society since 1983 - “Old cemeteries are fascinating places to visit…” Find out why. Victoria Genealogical Society for 40 years. Want to know how to research your own families history? VGS can help you get started. Find out about their workshops and how to sign up. United Empire Loyalists for 75 years. “One Canadian in ten has a connection to the United Empire Loyalists..” Could they be part of your ancestry? Saanich Pioneers Society. The original society was founded in 1870; the current traditional log cabin home was opened in 1933. They have archives, atrifacts, arts & crafts, a library - and much more to see and experience. Featured Speakers: Society Historians. In recognition of the Society’s 25th anniversary (March 2019) Several members from the Society will share their experiences, perspectives and reminiscences about the Society, including key projects, events, activities, and the Society’s role in the community. Entertainment: Oak Bay Jazz Band Tea Service: By donation, enjoy "high quality, nutritious moringa-based products ... maximizing flavour, aroma and nutritional benefit." Bakery items and cold beverages donated by Thrifty Foods.
24 - SUNDAYRoss Bay Cemetery TourDate, Sunday, February 24 Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Location: Ross Bay Cemetery 1516 Fairfield Rd. Admission: $5.00/person; $2.00 for Old Cemetery Society Members & BCBHAS Members. Meet in front of Oregano’s at the Fairfield Shopping Centre. * Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour start time. Co-sponsored with the Old Cemeteries Society. A guided tour of the graves of Black pioneers and others who played a role in that migration. The migration of the Black Pioneers to B.C. in 1858 was designated as a “National Historic Event” by the Government of Canada in 1997. The tour is hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society.
30-WEDNESDAY (January)Reception and Launch - By invitationDate: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Time: 6:00 to 9:00 pm Location: Antechamber Victoria City Hall Admission: By invitationIn parnership with the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI). Opening by City of Victoria Mayor and councillors, delicious food from Fig Deli, February’s 2019 Black History Month events previewed, and a performance by renowned gospel singer, Charles Holloway.