25 Years of Black History: Then, Now & The Future

25 Years of Black History: Then, Now & The Future

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 6 pm, the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation, in partnership with Afroglobal Television and other partners, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada with a special tribute to Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine and a much needed conversation. The theme of this event is: 25 Years of Black History: Then, Now & The Future.

In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada, following a motion introduced by The Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine. The House of Commons carried the motion unanimously, and since then in February, Canadians recognize the enormous achievements and contributions of Black Canadians in all sectors of society. Black History Month is about celebrating resilience, ingenuity, and determination to work towards a more inclusive society, in which everyone has an opportunity to succeed.

This special event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of the Pan-African holiday, Kwanzaa as well as Professor & Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, California State University, Long Beach. This event will also feature a panel discussion with Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine; former cabinet minister and first Black woman elected to the parliament of Canada, Dr. Julius Garvey; Vascular Surgeon and son of the legendary Marcus Mosiah Garvey, and Hon. Tony Ince; Minister of the Public Service Commission and African Nova Scotian Affairs.

The event will be moderated by Irene Moore Davis, historian, author, and president of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society. Black History: Then, Now & The Future, is the finale of the 6-part virtual webinar series of the Community Resilience Program (CRP), an initiative of the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation. The program aims to encourage positive transformation through relevant and authentic dialogue.

The series provides practical solutions to help community members cultivate mental, financial, and community resilience in this 'new normal'. The execution of the Community Resilience Program has involved virtual seminars, public service announcements, social media campaigns, and information distribution via a web portal. Partners include: by Silvertrust Media, Afroglobal Television, and the Government of Canada through the Canadian Red Cross.

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