For 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 are hosting 5 public events! More details coming.
We also want to thank and acknowledge our partners in bringing this program to you. Belfry Theatre, HERE Magazine (social media), Global TV (media), Greater Victoria Public Library, Old Cemeteries Society, Royal BC Museum
VICTORIA WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL will debut in Victoria, bringing families together during the FAMILY DAY LONG WEEKEND – Friday, Feb 16th to Monday, Feb 19th
“The Winter Arts Festival 2024 is an interactive festival transforming downtown Victoria into an open-air gallery and celebration of art, lights, and entertainment. Everyone is invited downtown to enjoy new works of temporary public art popping up in unexpected places.”
On Sunday, Feb 18th BCBHAS Executive Director will be participating in the “Language and Light” panel discussion 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Royal BC Museum. Panel members include 1st Peoples’ Cultural Council, community members and artists.
THE POWER AND JOY OF WORDS & MUSIC
AT THE BELFRY
Monday, February 19th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.
TWO EXCITING PERFORMERS
ADDENA SUMTER-FREITAG and MAUREEN WASHINGTON with her band.
AN EVENING WITH WAYDE COMPTON, AUTHOR
AT ST ANN’S ACADEMY and AUDITORIUM NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
THURSDAY, FEB 22ND 6:00 – 9:00 PM
DOORS OPEN AT 5:30
Conversation and book reading with the author, Wade Compton
Q&A, acoustic musical performance, and book signing.
Wayde Compton has published five books and has edited two anthologies. His latest book, The Blue Road, a fantasy graphic novel for young adults illustrated by April dela Noche Milne, was called a “touching allegory of the unexpected and burdensome trials of migration” in a starred Kirkus review. His next book is titled Anti-Racist Poetics, which is forthcoming from the University of Alberta Press in 2024. More
GUIDED TOUR AT ROSS BAY CEMETERY
Sunday, February 25th, 2:00-3:00 pm. Rain or sunshine. $5.00/ $2.00 for OCS and BCBHAS members. This is a guided tour of pioneer gravesites 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.
BC Black History Awareness Society and Black History Month 2024 is supported in part by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia
Image/Photograph Credits for BCBHAS BHM 2024:
Launch and Reception: Pexels
© BC Black History Awareness Society – Heritage Display, Shady Creek Church, Ross Bay Cemetery
© Addena Sumter-Freitag, Maureen Washington