Province Celebrates Black History Month

By Sarah Klein

Manitobans will have the opportunity to gain more knowledge of the province’s cultural diversity with the launch of Black History Month.

“The tremendous cultural diversity of our province is truly a fundamental characteristic of Manitoba and all these cultures are part of our heritage,” Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Christine Melnick said on Tuesday. “Many groups are organizing events to help us remember the richness of the achievements of people of African descent in Manitoba and around the world.”

The theme this year is Moving Together With Peace and Love.

Educators, students, parents and the general public are encouraged to attend and take part in the events celebrating Black History Month including:

  • a black history lesson, 11 a.m., Feb. 11, Jamaican Cultural Centre, 1098 Winnipeg Ave.;
  • a black historical re-enactment (underground railroad safe house), 7 p.m., Feb. 17, 1100 Fife St. (tickets $5);
  • a job fair, hosted by Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba, 10 a.m., Feb. 18, in the gym, Elmwood High School, 505 Chalmers Ave.;
  • a cultural awareness workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 21, Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Ave., ($60 for adults, $30 for youth under 25 and seniors 55 and over); and
  • a community awards banquet, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 25, Jamaican Cultural Centre, 1098 Winnipeg Ave.

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