Black History Month

February is Black History Month, to recognize and honour the history and important achievements of Black Canadians. We're celebrating all month long with virtual events, including an online presentation/performance by actor, beat-boxer and artist Sean Mauricette a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL. Our librarians have also put together lists of recommended resources, including books, ebooks, streaming movies and more. Find program links and lists under Related Links below.

On Tue Feb 23 at 2pm, join Lisa Meecham of the Burlington Hooking Craft Guild for a talk about traditional rug hooking, Black history in Canada, and her family’s place within it. Lisa will answer questions and demonstrate rug hooking. Live on Zoom - registration closes 48 hours in advance. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Larry Weyand: Peeling the Sticker Off an Overripe Pear at the Art Gallery of Burlington, on view February 5 to May 16, 2021.  

Our Virtual Titles Book Club (Wed Feb 24 - 2pm or Thu Feb 25 - 10am) features The Vanishing Half, a multi-generational family saga by Brit Bennett. As always, expect lively discussions with Library staff and other attendees. Register in advance. 

"Black history didn't start with slavery; it was interrupted by it."  On Thu Feb 25 at 7pm, Sean Mauricette a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL takes a look beyond slavery at what Black people were doing before the word "black" even existed. From Black Saints to one of the richest people in history, their stories illustrate the impact of this advanced civilization on the world. The evening ends with a powerful performance that fuses beat-box and spoken word. No registration is required, but space is limited to the first 100 attendees.

Thu Feb 18

Ignited to Inspire - Black Women Thriving During a Pandemic: There is nothing more powerful than the collective voices of women who authentically share heartfelt personal accounts of their lived experience. The book 21 Resilient Women: Stories of Courage, Growth and Transformation was written and published during the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join a group of Black co-authors who will share not only lessons of courage, growth, and transformation but they will provide insights and suggestions about career, health and wellness, retirement and much more. Register in advance. Live on Zoom - 7pm.

Black History Marks These Places: Ontario Black History Society Speaker Series. This panel discussion will examine history of Amherstburg Freedom Museum, Buxton Museum, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site, and the Guelph Black Heritage Society and the important role these existing sites play in preserving and interpreting Black Canadian history. Register in advance. Live online - 7pm.

Tue Feb 23

Navigating, Challenging, and Confronting Anti-Black Racism - Global Perspectives in Canadian Context: Presented by Sheridan College. In this facilitated keynote, we will review the roots of Black identity and Black history. Dr. Taylor will lead us on a journey of the histories of enslavement and colonization, engage in conversation on Black Canadian history, and leave us with some 'food for thought' on the present-day realities of Blackness for newcomers and Blacks in Canada. Register in advance. Live online - 4pm.

Stories of the African Diaspora: Ontario Black History Society Speaker Series. Storytellers Sandra Whiting and Kesha Christie join us for an evening of stories and humour. Live online - 7pm.

Sat Feb 27

Oscar Peterson & Friends + 2021 CJMAs: The 2021 Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival is proud to present a special compilation of select moments from Oscar Peterson & Friends, a CBC television series which originally aired in 1981. We will be featuring selected moments with special guests Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Lorne Lofsky, Jimmy Rowles, Butch Watanabe, and Mary Lou Williams. Live on YouTube and Facebook - 3pm.

AGB presents Rug Hooking Demo - Feb 23, 2pm

Virtual Titles Book Club - Feb 24, 2pm

Virtual Titles Book Club - Feb 25, 10am

Sean Mauricette a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL - Feb 25, 7pm

Booklist: Celebrating Black History Month (2021)

Booklist: Celebrating Black History Month (2020)

Booklist: Black History Month for Kids

Booklist: Honouring Viola Desmond

Booklist: Black Lives Matter

Booklist: Talking to Kids About Race & Racism

Overdrive (ebooks) list: Black History Month

Overdrive (ebooks) list: Black Lives Matter

Summa: Black History Month documentaries and more

Burlington Public Library's Statement on Racism

Black History in Canada - an interactive roundtable from CBC (aired in 2017)