African Heritage Month

The commemoration of African Heritage Month can be traced back to 1926 when Harvard-educated Black historian, Carter G. Woodson, founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements of African Americans. Woodson purposefully chose February for the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved Blacks. In 1976, as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month.  

The vast contributions of African-Canadians to Canadian society have been acknowledged informally since the early 1950s. However, Nova Scotia, particularly the Halifax Region, has been a leader in the promotion and awareness of African Heritage Month. Highlights of the development of Black History Month in Canada through the efforts of Nova Scotian trailblazers include the following:  

  • 1985   First “official” Opening Night for Black History Month (January 29) at the Halifax North Branch Library.
  • 1987   First meeting of the Black History Month Association
  • 1988   First Black History Month in Nova Scotia
  • 1996   Black History Month renamed to African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia

It is important to note that Nova Scotia and the Black History Month Association set the path for Canada in the recognition of African Heritage Month. Further, the significance of this influence as one of national proportion in the following occurrences compels recognition: 

  • December, 1995 - The House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine.
  • February, 2008 - Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver, Q.C., the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially declare February as Black History Month. The motion received unanimous approval.
  • March, 2008 - The adoption of Senator Oliver’s motion was the final parliamentary procedure needed for Canada’s permanent recognition of Black History Month.  

Source: Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs/ African Heritage Month Information Network

(The dates below reflect events that happened in 2018.)

Dalhousie's African Heritage Month Launch - Thursday, February 1

Join us for the launch of African Heritage Month and to honor trailblazers in our community. Flag raising to follow.

Music | Dance | Food | African Drumming

LeMarchant Place Atrium (1246 LeMarchant St.)

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Celebrating African Canadian Women Doing Business - Tuesday, February 28

Celebrating African Canadian Women Doing Business

Lindsay Room, 2nd Floor

Halifax Central Library

6:30pm – 8:30pm 

Honouring African Heritage Month - Thursday, February 1

In recognition of African Heritage Month, the Agricultural Campus will be flying the African Heritage Flag for the month of February. Please join us in the Amphitheatre as we raise the flag to honour the past and present legacies of African Nova Scotians.
Centennial Amphitheatre, Agricultural Campus; 12:00pm

Film Screening of "Watermelon Woman"- Thursday, February 1

Film screening of Watermelon Woman

Check out this recent article on the film.

Screening is happening at 7pm in the Mona Campbell building, room 1108.

Dal Lead! The Dalhousie Student Leadership Conference - Friday, February 2

DALConnects

Dal Lead! is an energy-packed, one-day conference focusing on expanding our leadership potential. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, regardless of what classes you’re taking, this conference is for you. Through inspiring keynotes, student and professionally led workshops, idea sharing, and a few surprises along the way, Dal Lead! promises to provide you with inspiration, information, skills and opportunities to create positive change – whether it’s on a personal level, on your campus, in your future career or in your community.

This year, DAL Lead! 2018 will kick-start the celebrations of Dalhousie’s 200 year anniversary through an energy packed event filled with workshops and amazing keynote speakers. This student-led conference will act as a platform where Dalhousie’s 200 years of history and our expectations for the next two centuries can come together to inspire community members, students, and staff to redefine and take charge of what is to come.

Friday, February 2, 2018
10 am-7 pm

Dalhousie University
Rowe Building
6100 University Avenue

The conference will have a "Quiet Space" room, facilitated by Committee members and Bissett Student Success Centre staff, that will be open throughout the conference day for anyone who may feel overstimulated by the program schedule. 

Dalhousie Students: Tickets cost $10 and includes entry to all keynote speakers, lunch, registration bag, and three sets of concurrent sessions.
Group registrations: Group registrations can be offered with a 10% discount on groups of 10 or more. 

This event is open to community members and staff, for more information please visit dal.ca/dallead.

 

Why Black Unity? Pan-Africanism, Dalhousie and the World - Monday, February 5

Dalhousie Black Student Advising Centre


Though leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, and Rocky Jones believed strongly in the unity of black people – across the globe. But why did they choose Pan-Africanism as a world view, and is such a position still necessary for the 21st century? Join Dr. Chike Jeffers, philosopher of race, and Dr. Isaac Saney, historian, as they explore the history of Pan-Africanism and question its significance for Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, and the world. Moderated by Tiffany Gordon.

Student Union Building (6136 University Ave.) Room 303

6:00PM – 8:00PM

Living Library - Tuesday, February 6

Dalhousie African Student Association

A living library is a social event where participants (readers) have the ability to borrow a person (the book).  This social experience allows individuals to share their stories and experience with others as a way to eliminate prejudice and bridge the gap between people of different backgrounds. As a 'book' your role would be to share your stories with participants at the event. You would have the choice of designating a theme for your discussion (e.g. "My Experience as an African Immigrant"), which functions as the title of the 'book' and would be placed on a placard

February 6

5pm -7pm

Dalhousie Student Union Building, Room 303

Open Lecture Series - Tuesday, February 6

Cross Cultural Social Work, Race, and Colour-Blindness with Dr. Ifeyinwa Mbakogu

School of Social Work- SLWK 3220: Cross Cultural Issues and Social Work Practice

Tuesday, February 6 from 5:35pm-8:00pm

Dentistry 4116

Faculty of Dentistry,

5981 University Ave.

French Talk - Friday, February 9

Filles de Mexico  de Sami Tchak et de l’auto-théorisation.  Un roman expérimental.

Department of French

Taghrid Abou Hasan

3:30pm-4:30 pm

McCain 2116

Racial Justice Symposium 2018 - Friday, February 9

Dalhousie Student Union

*Registration is now open at dsu.ca/rjs.

The Racial Justice Symposium is an exciting (and free!) one-day conference to build Indigenous and racialized leadership, organizing skills, and consciousness on campus. Comprising of panels, workshops, and other activities, the symposium will provide a space for Indigenous and racialized folks to gather as a collective and discuss issues of racial justice within our communities.

The Symposium will be preceded by a keynote address on February 9th that will be open to all!

Dalhousie Student Union (6136 University Ave)

5:00PM – 9:00PM

Racial Justice Symposium 2018 - Saturday, February 10

Dalhousie Student Union

*Registration is now open at dsu.ca/rjs.

The Racial Justice Symposium is an exciting (and free!) one-day conference to build Indigenous and racialized leadership, organizing skills, and consciousness on campus. Comprising of panels, workshops, and other activities, the symposium will provide a space for Indigenous and racialized folks to gather as a collective and discuss issues of racial justice within our communities.

The Symposium will be preceded by a keynote address on February 9th that will be open to all!

Dalhousie Student Union (6136 University Ave)

9:00AM – 5:00PM

No Reconciliation Without Justice - Monday, February 12

No Reconciliation Without Justice: White Supremacy, Anti-Blackness, The Struggle for Reparations

The Radical Imagination Project

Canadian settler society is enamoured with the idea of reconciliation with Indigenous, Black, and other marginalized peoples but much less interested in serious discussions grounding this reconciliation in material questions of justice. What would it mean to build a reconciled society rooted in a just settling of accounts including reparations for historical and ongoing injustice and violence for Black Canadians? 


Join us for a panel discussion focusing on the struggle for reparations and the promise of collective liberation featuring Dr. Afua Cooper, Dr. Chike Jeffers, El Jones, and Dr. Isaac Saney. Moderated discussion to follow. 

Paul O'Regan Hall
Halifax Central Branch Library (5440 Spring Garden Rd)

6:30PM – 8:30PM

Anarcha's Legacy: Live Art by Kim Cain - Friday, February 23

The untold story of Anarcha, a slave woman who was the victim of brutal medical experimentation all in the name of finding a cure for fistula.

Tickets $10 (available on eventbrite.ca)

7pm-9pm

Martime Museum of the Atlantic

1675 Lower Water Street

 

20th Annual African Nova Scotian Music Association Awards & Show - Saturday, Feb. 24

Dalhousie welcomes the African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) to campus in 2018, for their 20th annual awards gala recognizing and celebrating the outstanding musical and artistic talents and contributions of African Nova Scotians.

Dalhousie Arts Centre

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium

7:00pm

Black Excellence in the Workforce: Employer Panel - Wednesday, February 28

This event will advise students of African descent on how to direct their careers, compete in the job market, and make the right impression with employers.  

5:00pm - 6:30pm

Student Union Building (6136 University Ave), Room 224

 

Celebrating African Canadian Women Doing Business - Wednesday, February 28

Celebrating African Canadian Women Doing Business

Lindsay Room, 2nd Floor

Halifax Central Library

6:30pm – 8:30pm