BC Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS)

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” - Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.

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Calendar of Events

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Sunday, June 24th 2:00 pm

"True Black Strong and Free - Becoming Black in Canada"

 

Can we grow new roots? If yes, can they ever be rooted enough to carry us through our journey?

Annie Djiotsa was born in Cameroon. She has been living in Canada for over 25 years.
She has been working as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for nearly 20 years.
Annie will share her story - a story of darkness and light. A story of peace and war.
Mostly a story of strength, love, and hope.

 

Date/Time:  Sunday, June 24, 2:00pm

Location: Cook Street Village Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street.

Admission:  By Donation. Everyone is welcome. 


 

The Society is co-sponsoring the following event with the Victoria African Community Cultural Society (VACCS)

Black History Month Reception and Introduction of "True Role Models". 

WEDNESDAY, January 31,2018 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Victoria City Hall

By invitation 

This reception is to mark the 2018 Black History Month. Guests will enjoy a short presentation of events to be held throughout the month of February, introduction of the 2018 local Black-Canadian true role models, entertainment by African artists from Europe and Canada and gourmet canapes prepared by Chef Castro Boateng.

The role models have been nominated as making a difference within Black communities, where their involvement has had an impact that affects many.  Through their initiatives, they act as role models, particularly for young people of Black communities. ‘’It’s important to shine light on those who often work in the shadows, and whose achievements demonstrate the presence and contributions that diversity provides.” noted Michael P. Farkas, President of the Round Table on Black History Month.  For more information ...


 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

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“BC Black History Awareness Society: Black History Month Kick-off”

SATURDAY, February 3 noon to 3:00 pm,  GVPL - Main Branch on Broughton

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with displays by BCBHAS. Members will be available with displays, posters and to talk about upcoming events and answer questions. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.


 “Black History Month Church Service”

DATE: Sunday, February 11.  The service begins at 10:15 am,  Shady Creek United Church, 7180 East Saanich Road, Saanichton

All are welcome to attend.  

Church offering

The Shady Creek United Church will be hosting a Black History Service, 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. 


"Celebrate at the Belfry" - co-sponsored with the Belfry Theatre and GVPL.

MONDAY, February 12, 7:00 pm - Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Avenue.

By donation!

Opening Performance with Ann-Bernice Thomas. Spoken word poet; and Youth Poet Laureate 2016 for City of Victoria.

Cathy Essombe with Ardent Tribe. Cathy is the lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the band, Ardent Tribe  Their repertoire includes classic Rock, Blues, Soul, and top hits of today, by some of our favorite artists including Aretha, Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, The Stones, Pharrell Williams, David Bowie, and Santana.  The band’s energy is contagious.  They are that classic rock band we all love with vocals, guitars, percussion, keyboards and horns.  


“Heritage Day”

SUNDAY, February 18 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street.

By donation.

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, and member displays by Karen - Alexander Family and Ron - Undeground Railroad.  

Featured Speaker:  Michael Regis: Master of Arts (MA), Dispute Resolution, University of Victoria.

In completing his MA, Michael collaborated with the Greater Victoria Police Diversity Advisory Committee (GVPDAC). Through this partnership, he provided research-based recommendations to the GVPDAC and the Greater Victoria Police in building cultural awareness and trust with diverse communities of Greater Victoria.  Today Michael is going to talk about this research project, the methodology and how his research is being used today. 

The day will end with a selection of music performed by "Classical Carl"  Dr. Carl Ivey is often seen playing one of the pianos outside in Oak Bay.  Ivey says he uses music to nurture his soul and to inspire others. He plays concerts regularly at several nursing homes, including Oak Bay Lodge.

Tea Service:  Once again Maisha Tea will be providing, by donation, their hot tea service with amazing flavors and varieties.  Owner Rachel says ""At Maisha Tea our objective is to provide high quality, nutritious moringa-based products to consumers. by sourcing our moringa from subsistence farmers in Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia, we aim to provide opportunities for African farmers to access larger markets to sell moringa at a fair price. Our moringa leaf specialty teas are meticulously blended in-house in order to maximize flavour, aroma and nutritional benefit."  


“Ross Bay Cemetery Tour”

SUNDAY, February 25 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Ross Bay Cemetery 1516 Fairfield Rd.

$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.

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 “Historic Significant 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.

 



 

 

2017

 

"The Perspectives and Experiences of 2 minority Police Officers"

2017-October-15, Sunday.

 The guest speakers were 2 police officers from Oak Bay Police Department with combined experience of more than 25 years. Both officers have experience in various departments within the police force such as School Resource Officer, Community Liaison Officer and Homicide investigations as well as the RCMP. Both officers attend the Greater Victoria Diversity Committee as Oak Bay departmental representatives.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

Time:  1:00 pm to approximately 2:00 pm

Location: Cook Street Activity Centre, 380 Cook St. Victoria

Admission: By donation

 

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 “A Queer Trial”  

2017-APRIL-14, Friday, Bastion Square.  Tickets are required for admission.

2 performances at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Bastion Square.  Admission is Free.  The play tells the story of Victoria’s unwitting pioneer for gay rights, John Butt.  One of the jurors was Peter Lester, one of BC’s early pioneers and business partner of Mifflin Gibbs. The play, and the theatre course that it's part of, is being put on by the UVIC. Office of Community-University Engagement.    Sponsored by:  UVIC Office of Community-University Engagement. 

               

“Re-Imagining Race, Art and Landscape”

2017-MARCH-10, Friday, UVIC Legacy Art Gallery.

  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 with poetry and prose.  Sponsored by: UVIC Legacy Art Gallery.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2017

 “An Evening of Spoken Word, Poetry, Blues & Jazz”  

2017-FEBRUARY-27, Monday, Belfry Theatre.

With Ann-Bernice Thomas and Maureen Washington and her Trio. Sponsored by BCBHAS, Belfry Theatre, and the GVPL.

               

"For Jackson - A Time Capsule" 

2017-FEBRUARY-25, Saturday, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

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. Sponsored by: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

                 

“Heritage Day”

2017-FEBRUARY-19, Sunday, Cook Street Activity Centre.

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).   The main event will be the unveiling of plaque commemorating Mifflin Gibbs by Parks Canada.  The unveiling ceremony will be conducted by the official party including Richard Wishart, Manitoba representative, Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Master of Ceremonies, John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale—Langley City, Yvonne Brown, retired professor of University of British Columbia, and Lisa Helps, Mayor of the City of Victoria.  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!  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Parks Canada.

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“Ross Bay Cemetery Tour”

2017-FEBRUARY-12, Sunday, Ross Bay Cemetery.

A guided tour of the graves of the black pioneers. Hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Old Cemeteries Society.

 “Black History Month Church Service”

2017-FEBRUARY-05, Sunday, Shady Creek United Church.

The Service will be led by Karen Hoshal, with presentations by Board Members. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Shady Creek United Church.

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

2017-FEBRUARY-04, Saturday, UVIC Legacy Art Gallery.

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. Sponsored by: UVIC Legacy Art Gallery.

               

"Just an Ordinary Lawyer" 

2017-FEBRUARY-02, Thursday, Metro Theatre.

Performance and songs by Tayo Aluko. A one-man show about Tunji Sowande, who left Nigeria to study law in Britain and who in 1968 became the first black head of a major barrister’s chamber. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Metro Theatre.

“BCBHAS Black History Month Kick-off”

2017-JANUARY-28, Saturday, GVPL - Main Branch.

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with displays by BCBHAS and Victoria African Caribbean Cultural Society.  Members will be available to showcase their displays, talk about upcoming events and answer questions.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.

2016

               

“Mifflin Wistar Gibbs - Commemoration of Gibbs' election to Victoria City Council in 1856” 

2016-NOVEMBER-18, Friday, Victoria City Hall.

Performance by Justin Carter; performing his one man show: THE PIONEER - The Life & Times of Mifflin Gibbs”. Adventurer, Fortune Seeker, Businessman, Railroad Builder, Carpenter, Attorney, Judge, Black.  Justin portrays Mifflin Gibbs as he reminisces on the trials, tribulations and successes as one of Victoria's first Black community leaders.                Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Victoria City Hall,

“Cultural Competency for Volunteers” workshop

2016-JUNE-12, Sunday, Cook Street Activity Centre.

This is a workshop led by Sylvia Mangue that focuses on the management of social interactions with diverse people in everyday life.   Sylvia has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources. Diversity in the workplace is one of Sylvia’s passions.  As a human resources specialist, Sylvia seeks to create models of diversity in the area of human resources that can be used by organizations seeking a more just and equitable workplace.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

Climate Change, Racism, UN Conference in Paris - What's the Connection?”

2016-APRIL-17, Sunday, Central Library – Community Meeting Room.

With slides and conversation, Beth Cruise, BC Black History Society Member will present her trip to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris as a delegate with the non-profit organization ‘Sustaining All Life’.  This organization, to which Beth has been a member for 20 years, presented thirty-two workshops, forums, listening projects and caucuses there.  She will talk about the people and the work of ‘Sustaining All Life’, perspectives and tools on eliminating racism and racism’s connection to climate change. Sponsored by: BCBHAS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2016

 

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“Concert at the Belfry – Tributes, Blues, Jazz and Gospel”  

2016-FEBRUARY-29, Monday, Belfry Theatre.

This year’s Black History Month Concert features the Maureen Washington Quartet performing blues, jazz, and gospel music.  Justin Carter will be opening with a one-man tribute to honour Mifflin Gibbs’ 150th anniversary of being elected to the Victoria Council. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Belfry Theatre, and GVPL.

 “Black History Month Church Service”

2016-FEBRUARY-28, Sunday, Shady Creek United Church.

 The Service will be led by Karen Hoshal, with presentations by Board Members. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Shady Creek United Church.

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“Ross Bay Cemetery Tour”

2016-FEBRUARY-21, Sunday, Ross Bay Cemetery.

A guided tour of the graves of the black pioneers. Hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Old Cemeteries Society.

 “Heritage Day”

2016-FEBRUARY-13, Saturday,    Baumann Centre - Wingate Studio.

 With guest speaker Handel Kashope Wright on the topic of “Did You Say “Black” British Columbia? The Politics of Absent Presence between the Black Pioneers and Present Day African Refugees”.

There will also be 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 and African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI). Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

Handel Kashope Wright, Professor and Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, University of British Columbia and

  • He serves on the editorial board of several cultural studies and education journals including Critical Arts, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Postcolonial Studies in Education
  • He is the author of A Prescience of African Cultural Studies and has published extensively on continental and diasporic African cultural studies, cultural studies of education, critical multiculturalism, anti-racist education, and qualitative research. 
  • His current work is on youth and belonging in (post)multicultural communities and issues of African and Black identity and identification. 

“Songs and Stories ‘bout Slavery and the Underground Railroad (UGGR) with singer, song-writer Lonnie Glass”.

2016-02-04, Thursday, Gorge-ous Coffee House.

Lonnie’s two passions of music and history were ignited when he toured the southern United States in the 1980s. He has an insatiable appetite for history — it was only a matter of time before he combined his passion for music with his historical knowledge. He’s played in bands, sang in bands and began writing songs in the late 80’s.  He’s toured Canada and the U.S. and has recorded several CD’S in several genres from folk to blues.  Sponsored by: Gorge-ous Coffee House, Lonnie Glass.

    

 “BCBHAS Black History Month Kick-off”

2016-01-30, Saturday, GVPL – Main Branch.

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with displays by BCBHAS and African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island.  Members will be available to showcase their displays, talk about upcoming events and answer questions.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.

2015

 “Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for Freedom”

2015-04-19, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre - 234 Menzies St.

 Lonnie Glass will be telling the story of Lincoln's journey from his pre-Presidential political career through the Civil War to his untimely death at the hand of an assassin. Lonnie recorded “Chapter of Night” – an American Civil War Prospective in 2010, based on his research and tours in the Southern USA.  Lonnie is a consummate musician, performer, entertainer and story teller.  This event is a commemoration of the life of Lincoln who was assassinated 150 years ago on April 15, 1865.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

                  

“Call Mr. Robeson”  

2015-04-16, Thursday, Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad Street.

Performance by TAYO ALUKO. Paul Robeson was in international star, who sang renditions of some of the most iconic songs from the thirties to the sixties, and was a political activist who was persecuted as a communist sympathiser in the Cold War US. Tayo Aluko is Robeson, as he effortlessly recounts his life and times… “A brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art." BCBHAS is a co-sponsor of this event with Victoria Multi-Cultural Society, Social Environmental Alliance, UVIC Department of History, UVIC Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program and UVI Social Justice Studies.

                 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2015

 

Concert at the Belfry: "My Father to Whom I am Not Related” a one-man performance by Justin Carter followed by The Chance Lovett Quartet”

2015-02-23, Monday, Belfry Theatre.

 Justin Carter and the main event will be the Chance Lovett Quartet. Justin will be performing a tribute to his father "My Father to Whom I am not related”, and the Chance Lovett Quartet will be performing a number of Blues, Jazz, and Gospel tunes.   This event is co-sponsored by BCBHAS, the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Belfry Theatre.

                 

 “Black History Month Church Service”

2015-FEBRUARY-22, Sunday, Shady Creek United Church.

The Service will be led by Karen Hoshal, with presentations by Board Members. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Shady Creek United Church.

 “Ross Bay Cemetery Tour”

2015-FEBRUARY-22, Sunday, Ross Bay Cemetery.

A guided tour of the graves of the black pioneers. Hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Old Cemeteries Society.

                 

 “Heritage Day”

2015-FEBRUARY-15, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Our featured speaker will be Dr. John Lutz, a history professor from the University of Victoria giving a presentation about Grafton Tyler Brown:  A Pioneering Black Artist in Victoria.  There will also be 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, and the Saanich Pioneers Society.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

 “BCBHAS Black History Month Kick-off”

2015-JANUARY, 31, Saturday, GVPL - Main Branch.

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with displays by BCBHAS and the African Caribbean Cultural Society and the African Heritage Association Members will be available to showcase their displays, talk about upcoming events and answer questions.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.

 “Abraham Lincoln Legacy Public Engagement”

2015-JANUARY-31 to 2015-FEBRUARY, 28 - Online

 The Abraham Lincoln Legacy Citizen Engagement Project was undertaken with the Province’s Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, Office of the Premier.  The website was moderated by Sam Sullivan, MLA for False Creek and was active from January 31st to February 28th.  The site was visited by over 1800 people from B.C. as well as some visitors from the United States.  The final letter and attachments will be included in the Abraham Lincoln digital museum in a published volume of selected letters, and a permanent part of the collections.   Read the letter sent by the Premier to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library. Sponsored by: Province of B.C.  Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

2014

 “The History of Jamaica and its relationship with Canada”

2014-OCTOBER-19, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Guest Speaker is Dr. Michael Vaughan, the Honorary Consul of Jamaica giving an informative and entertaining presentation about the History of Jamaica and its long relationship with Canada. The presentation includes information about a number of Jamaica’s most prominent citizens, past and present, including Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, and Usain Bolt.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

 “Unveiling of the grave markers for Charles and Nancy Alexander”

2014-AUGUST-16, Saturday, Shady Creek United Church.

 The ceremony begins at the Shady Creek United Church (7180 East Saanich Rd, Saanichton, B.C) for a brief information session; followed by a tour of the pioneers buried in the cemetery.  Both the information session and the tour will be conducted by Karen.  The event will conclude with a most delicious tea with sweets prepared by the ladies of the Shady Creek United Church.   Thanks to Karen and Valin for their dedicated efforts in restoring the grave markers and planning and organizing this event.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Shady Creek United Church.

 “Songs and Stories ‘bout Slavery and the Underground Railroad (UGGR) with singer, song-writer Lonnie Glass”

2014-JUNE-22, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Lonnie’s two passions of music and history were ignited when he toured the southern United States in the 1980s. He has an insatiable appetite for history — it was only a matter of time before he combined his passion for music with his historical knowledge. He’s played in bands, sang in bands and began writing songs in the late 80’s.  He’s toured Canada and the U.S. and has recorded several CD’S in several genres from folk to blues.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

 “Building Bridges through Art”

2014-APRI-27, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

The guest speaker is Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to present about her past projects in Toronto and her future plans here in Victoria.               Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2014

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"Adam's Journey to the Promised Land" 

2014-FEBRUARY-27, Thursday, Monterey Community Centre, Oak Bay.

Presenter: Ron Nicholson.  Ron is a 4th generation descendant of an Underground Railroad passenger. Sponsored by:          BCBHAS, GVPL

 “CONCERT AT THE BELFRY

2014-FEBRUARY, 24, Monday, Belfry Theatre.

Performances by Scruffmouth, the Spoken Word Poet from Vancouver, and the Maureen Washington Quartet.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Belfry Theatre, and GVPL.

 “Ross Bay Cemetery Tour”

2014-FEBRUARY-23, Sunday, Ross Bay Cemetery.

A guided tour of the graves of the black pioneers. Hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Old Cemeteries Society.

 “The Alexander Family and other Early Vancouver Island Pioneers”

2014-FEBRUARY-20, Thursday, Central Saanich Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Presenter: Karen Hoshal.   Karen shares stories and information on her personal ancestors and other BC black pioneers.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.

               

“Heritage Day”

2014-FEBRUARY-16, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Guest Speaker is Sgt. Craig Smith, RCMP from Nova Scotia, who has been a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) since 1997.  However, he is best known as an author and for his activities on behalf of youth and Black history. He will speak about his latest book, “You Had Better Be White by Six AM.”  Three other Societies will also participate with Black History Displays to help us celebrate Black History Month, the Old Cemeteries Society, the Saanich Pioneers Society, and the Victoria Genealogical Society. Sponsored by BCBHAS.

“The Alexander Family and other Early Vancouver Island Pioneers”

2014-FEBRUARY-15, Saturday, Royal BC Museum.

Presenter: Karen Hoshal.   Karen shares stories and information on her personal ancestors and other BC black pioneers.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Royal BC Museum.

               

 “Commemorative Plague Unveiling - Dandridge Heritage House”

2014-02-09, Sunday, Dandridge Heritage House, Victoria B.C.

 The Plaque unveiling of the Dandridge Heritage House; 1243 Rudlin St. Black Pioneers Charlotte and John Dandridge originally occupied the house from 1861 to 1871. The event is a cooperative effort by Board Member Valin Marshall and the current owners of the house. Karen Hoshal performed the official unveiling.   Sponsored by: BCBHAS, BC Heritage Society.

                 

“Leon Bibb Concert at Government House”

2014-February-07, Friday, Government House.

The event will be hosted by the Honourable Judith Guichon. Leon will be accompanied by his personal pianist of 30 years, Bill Sample. The event will also be a celebration of Leon’s 92nd Birthday.   The performance will be followed by appetizers and a hosted wine bar; and a mix and mingle with the performers and the Lieutenant Governor.  Sponsored by: Government House, BCBHAS.      

 “BCBHAS Black History Month Kick-off”

2014-FEBRUARY-01, Saturday, GVPL - Main Branch.

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with displays by BCBHAS and the African Caribbean Cultural Society and the African Heritage Association Members will be available to showcase their displays, talk about upcoming events and answer questions.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.

2013

 “Notable Black Women in Canadian History”

2013-OCTOBER-20, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

 In celebration of Women's History Month in Canada, local historian and writer Merna Forster will give a presentation on notable Black women in Canadian history. Merna is the creator of the popular website heroines.ca, A Guide to Women in Canadian History, as well as the author of “100 Canadian Heroines “and “100 More Canadian Heroines”. She will share stories and images of some of the Black women featured in her books, from the first female police officer in North America to the first woman to found, publish and edit a newspaper in Canada.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

                 

 “Blacks Today – History in the Making

2013-JUNE-16, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Guest Speaker is Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Education Advisor from the University of Victoria. Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

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“Growing up in the South Sudan”

2013-APRIL-21, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Guest Speaker is William Goldiet, President of the African Heritage Association of Vancouver Island (AHAVI), sharing his story from growing up in South Sudan, to becoming a refugee and coming to Canada. Sponsored by: BCBHAS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2013

 

“The Alexander Family and other Early Vancouver Island Pioneers”

2013-FEBRUARY-27, Wednesday, GVPL - Saanich Centennial Library.

Presenter: Karen Hoshal.   Karen shares stories and information on her personal ancestors and other BC black pioneers. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL

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“Ross Bay Cemetery Tour”

2013-FEBRUARY-24, Sunday, Ross Bay Cemetery.

A guided tour of the graves of the black pioneers. Hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Old Cemeteries Society.

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“Call Mr. Robeson”  

2013-FEBRUARY-20, Wednesday, Metro Theatre.

Performance by TAYO ALUKO. Paul Robeson was in international star, who sang renditions of some of the most iconic songs from the thirties to the sixties, and was a political activist who was persecuted as a communist sympathiser in the Cold War US. Tayo Aluko is Robeson, as he effortlessly recounts his life and times… “A brilliantly put together history lesson delivered as art." BCBHAS is a co-sponsor of this event with Metro Theatre.

 “The Black Pioneers”

2013-FEBRUARY-13, Thursday, GVPL -Bruce Hutchison Branch.

Presenter: Valin Marshall.   Valin shares stories and information on an interesting cross-section of the BC Black pioneers who arrived in 1858. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.

"Adam's Journey to the Promised Land" 

2013-FEBRUARY-07, Thursday, GVPL - Nellie McClung Branch.

Presenter: Ron Nicholson.  Ron is a 4th generation descendant of an Underground Railroad passenger. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, GVPL.

 “Belfry Theatre Concert – Poetry and Music”

2013-FEBRUARY-04, Monday, Belfry Theatre.

Adelene da Soul -  Poet is a member of the Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poets. Her poems are a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage.    Songstress Chance Lovett, from the Victory Conservatory of Music is joined by Nicholas Mintenko (Bass), Sean Thompson (Drums), and Dakota Hoeppner (Keyboard), performing gospel, jazz and blues.  Sponsored by: Belfry Theatre, BCBHAS.

 “Go Do Some Great Thing”- film screening

2013-FEBRUARY-04, Monday, GVPL - Main Branch.

This documentary recounts the exodus of 600 Black pioneers from San Francisco to Victoria, British Columbia, in 1858. Produced by Anthony Brown. Based on the book by Crawford Kilian.  Sponsored by: GVPL.

 “Heritage Day”

2013-FEBRUARY-02, Saturday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Guest Speaker is John Adams, Victorian Historian; as well as displays by BC Black History Awareness Society and Saanich Pioneers Society, Old Cemeteries Society, United Empire Loyalists, Victoria Genealogical Society and Victoria Historical Society.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

2012

 “African-Canadian History”

2012-SEPTEMBER-23, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Presentation and lecture by Janie Cooper-Wilson, artist, author and speaker on African-Canadian history. She has been featured in made-for-television documentaries such as, Bloodlines: Famous Last Words and Raise the Spirit,; written two full-length historical publications; a regular contributor to the Northern Terminus African-Canadian Journal; and is currently co-producing a documentary film on oral history of the Ancestors. Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

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“Celebrate Father's Day”

2012-JUNE-17, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre

 With local pianist and singer, Jerry Bryant.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012

 “Heritage Day”

2012-FEBRUARY-25, Saturday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

Screening of the film “Mighty Jerome” with producer Selwyn Jacob attending as well as displays by BC Black History Awareness Society and Saanich Pioneers Society, Old Cemeteries Society, United Empire Loyalists, Victoria Genealogical Society and Victoria Historical Society.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS

               

“Ross Bay Cemetery Tour”

2012-FEBRUARY-19, Sunday, Ross Bay Cemetery.

A guided tour of the graves of the black pioneers. Hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Old Cemeteries Society.

 “Concert at the Metro Theatre”

2012-FEBRUARY-10, Friday, Metro Theatre.

Singer Gergana Velinova, accompanied by Pablo Cardenas performs a "Tribute to Mahalia Jackson” and actor & play-writer Justin Carter performs his One Man Show "Son of Africville".   Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Metro Theatre.

“B.C. Legislature - Black History Month Recognition Ceremony”

2012-FEBRUARY-01, Wednesday, B.C. Legislature.

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 “Go Do Some Great Thing” – film screening

2012-02-01, Wednesday, GVPL - Bruce Hutchinson Library

This documentary recounts the exodus of 800 Black pioneers from San Francisco to Victoria, British Columbia, in 1858. Produced by Anthony Brown. Based on the book by Crawford Kilian. Sponsored by: GVPL

2011

 “Son of Africville” 

2011-OCTOBER-30, Sunday, James Bay New Horizons Centre.

 Actor/play-writer Justin Carter performs his one-man show “Son of Africville”, an autobiographical story of his reunion with his mother in Africville, Nova Scotia.  Sponsored by: BCBHAS.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2011

 “Ross Bay Cemetery Tour”

2011-02-27, Sunday, Ross Bay Cemetery.

A guided tour of the graves of the black pioneers. Hosted by John Adams of the Old Cemeteries Society and Valin Marshall of the BC Black History Awareness Society. Sponsored by: BCBHAS, Old Cemeteries Society.

 “Ferguson Jenkins and Carrie Best Stamp Launch”

2011-02-26, Saturday, Gordon Head Recreation Centre.

The BC Black History Awareness Society, in partnership with Canada Post, is hosting a commemorative stamp launch.  As part of Black History Month 2011 and to reflect Canada’s diversity, Canada Post is issuing two stamps paying tribute to Fergie Jenkins, Canadian baseball Hall-of-Famer, Order of Canada member and youth advocate; and Carrie Best journalist,  activist for human rights, founder of The Clarion the first black-owned newspaper published in Nova Scotia.  Sponsored by: Canada Post.

“Heritage Day”

2011-02-05, Saturday, James Bay New Horizons Centre

Guest speaker is Crawford Kilian, author of “Go Do Some Great Thing”, the story of BC's Black pioneers Displays on BC, and Canadian Black History and hear, participating groups include: BC Black History Awareness Society, Old Cemeteries Society, Saanich Pioneers Society, United Empire Loyalists, Victoria Genealogical Society, and Victoria Historical Society.   Sponsored by: BCBHAS.