February Marks 30th Anniversary of Black History Month

February Marks 30th Anniversary of Black History Month

By Brian Schultz

February marks the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the province and a handful of activities are planned throughout the month.

The official launch happened Sunday at the Jamaican Cultural Centre, but if you missed it, there’s still plenty of opportunities to celebrate.

Educators, students, parents and the general public are invited to attend and participate in events that are celebrating Black History Month. Some of the events include:

  • A history lesson and workshop on cooking, music, arts and crafts will take place 10 a.m. on February 12 at 1098 Winnipeg Avenue.
  • A job fair hosted by the Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 19 at Elmwood High School senior gym, 505 Chalmers Avenue.
  • A Black History Month fashion show on February 20at 4 p.m. at the Jamaican Cultural Centre, 1098 Winnipeg Avenue.
  • A Congress of Black Women cultural awareness workshop February 22 at the Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the fee is $60.
  • The Black History Month Community Awards Banquet February 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Jamaican Cultural Centre, 1098 Winnipeg Avenue. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 12 and under.

According to the 2006 Census, 7,660 people of African descent reside in Manitoba and 15,660 people self-identify as being black.

More details on Black History Month in Manitoba can be found on the province’s website.