Register here for an expansive conversation on the history and future of Black culture on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Scadding Court Community Centre is proud to promote this event that will host an evening discussion with two extraordinary Canadians.
In collaboration with Artist Saada Awaleh, SCCC will be hosting 2 paint workshops for kids ages 6-8 and 9-12 using 2021’s theme of “The Black Family: Representation & Identity“. Workshops are open to 12 children MAX and are on a first come-first serve basis.
February 27, 2021 – 2:30pm to 4:30pm (6-8 only)
March 6, 2021 – 2:30pm to 4:30pm (9-12 only)
Description: This exhibition provides a selective overview of the innumerable textile traditions of Africa. We invite viewers to uncover the opulent backgrounds and stories interwoven into each of the fabrics in our diverse display.
The 2021 Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Black History Month Poster (artist Leone McComas) explores how the commonly used and accepted map of our world is not accurate and rooted in bias and colonialism.
It uses themes of space and geography to encourage students to think critically about the world around them. The use Afrofuturism provides a glimpse into the limitless possibilities for young African Canadians.
As the Mae Jemison quote captures: “Never be limited by the limited imagination of others.”
Scadding Court Community Centre proudly celebrates Black History Month every February, as a time to celebrate and remember all the ways that peoples of African Histories (Black Canadians) have contributed to Canada’s history and culture.
The UN declared 2015-2024 the International Decade of People of African Descent.
The history of Black History Month dates back to 1926 in the United States. At that time, an African-American historian named Carter G. Woodson founded a week that focused on celebrating the accomplishments of African Americans. He decided on a week in February because two important men were born in that month.
The first was Frederick Douglass, a former slave in the 1800s who spoke out for the freedom of slaves, as well as equal rights for women. The second was Abraham Lincoln. As the 16th president of the United States, Lincoln fought for the freedom of all slaves throughout the country.
Woodson’s idea began as a one-week celebration, it eventually became a month-long event called Black Heritage Month in the United States in 1976.
In 1995, Canada’s government officially recognized February as Black History Month. It was an initiative by the Ontario Black History Society and introduced to Parliament in December 1995 by Jean Augustine, the first Black woman elected as a member of Parliament. Black History Month was officially observed across Canada for the first time in February 1996.
A MESSAGE OF COMMITMENT AND SOLIDARITY
These are unprecedented times on so many levels, for all of us. Historical inequities have been surfaced and highlighted, both here, and across the world. We understand Covid is not the great equalizer. We are all uncertain of what the future holds. We feel, and are hurting, with our brothers and sisters, with our communities, with our families, with our friends and colleagues, with you. As those impacted, as allies, as those who will bear witness.
SCCC will double our resolve to act against anti-Black racism, against anti-Asian racism, against all racism, oppression and anything that threatens the values that we have built together as a neighbourhood, a community, a family.
Because of our communities, this organization has a long history of challenging unfair systems and ongoing relentless oppressions against our most vulnerable community members, often with others, sometimes alone. Our commitment will continue to focus on breaking down barriers that prevent our communities from achieving success and thriving.
Today we hurt, mourn, rage and reflect with our communities, and the city we serve. We will act together, as communities, as agencies, as individuals, and as collectives to change these systems that continue to hold communities back.
Let’s remain strong. Let’s reach out to one another if we need to. Let’s make Toronto a city that is fair, just, warm, welcoming and ready to act. Let us earn the Sanctuary City status we proudly wear. Let’s make sure every resident in Toronto is protected, assisted, and given the space to achieve their own potential. We commit to doing our part, with you.
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Black History Month in Review
Current Issues and Movements
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Sources: CBC, Canadian Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, Government of Canada, Ontario Teachers Federation, NFB, Harriet Tubman Foundation