Black History Month 2023

Banner black backgound logo upper right, gold text on left and bottom BHM 2023 sharing stories, realities, and legacies in celebration of black history month

For close to 30 years BC Black History Awareness Society has hosted a Black History Month program to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of historical and contemporary people of African descent. This year we have 6 public events!

We also want to thank and acknowledge our partners in bringing this program to you. Arts on View Society, Belfry Theatre, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office, Global TV (media), HERE Magazine (social media), Old Cemeteries Society, RBC Royal Bank, Royal BC Museum, Saanich Pioneers Society.

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BHM LAUNCH AND RECEPTION Wednesday, Feb 1st 6-8PM, Da Vinci Centre. 19+for general public. Click for details and to book a spot. Suggested donation is $20.00/person
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In 1858, nearly 800 free Blacks left the oppressive racial conditions of San Francisco for a new life on Vancouver IslandBLACK HISTORY AND HERITAGE DAY, Feb 11th 1:00-4:00 PM at Royal BC Museum, Newcombe Auditorium Hall. Free!
Shady Creek Church in Central Saanich
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHURCH SERVICE, Sunday Feb 12th. Service starts at 10:15 am.
Central Saanich United Church, 7180 East Saanich Road
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Out of the Sun: On Black History and Storytelling with award-winning Canadian author, ESI EDUGYAN.
Thursday, Feb 16th 5:00-7:00 pm PT. Livestream and in-person at Hermann’s Upstairs, 751 View Street, Victoria.
In-person: Suggested donation $25.00 regular/$15.00 for students, BCBHAS, and CCPA Members. Online: Please donate as you wish.

“Out of the Sun illuminates myriad varieties of Black experience in global culture and history.” Find out more and purchase tickets

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Join us for the ROSS BAY CEMETERY GUIDED TOUR Sunday, February 26th, 2:00-3:00 pm. Rain or sunshine. $5.00/ $2.00 for OCS and BCBHAS members. This is a guided tour of a few of pioneer r graves and others who were influential in the migration of Blacks to this British Colony. The tour hosts are James Gatsi, BC Black History Awareness Society member and John Adams, Old Cemeteries Society member and owner-operator of “Discover the Past Walking Tours”, Victoria.

Monday, February 27th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.
Suggested donation is $10.00/person at the door.
The concert will also be livestream.

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Two exciting performances


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BC Black History Awareness Society and Black History Month 2023 is supported in part by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia

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Image/Photograph Credits for BCBHAS BHM 2023:
Launch and Reception: Caio, Pexels
© BC Black History Awareness Society – Heritage Display, Shady Creek Church, Ross Bay Cemetery
© Esi Edugyan, photo credit Tamara Poppitt, book cover – Lyceum Agency
© Noedy Hecchevarria Duharte
© Sadé Awele©

Read about the The History of Black History Month

BCBHAS Call to action for donations with info about receipts