Black History Month

Celebrating Black culture and history throughout February.

How you can participate

Recognize Black History Month throughout February. 

Over the next few weeks, Oakville residents can take part in festivities and events that honour the culture and history of Black Canadians.

Events taking place:

January 29 to February 4

  • Oakville Mayor Rob Burton will be reading a proclamation recognizing February as Black History Month and the CCAH flag will be raised at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at Town Hall.
  • Black History Month flag raising will also take place at Halton Region Police Services headquarters on Thursday, February 1 at 10 a.m. 
  • Join the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) for the celebration launch of Black History Month at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, February 1 at 6 p.m. The evening includes a keynote speech about Oakville’s Black history by Anthony Sherwood and performances by Juno award winner Jully Black, Whitney Houston tribute artist Geri Defoe and Arthouse Children’s Choir. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Culture and History.” Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by visiting the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts website
  • Attend a gallery reception opening for the Black History Month art exhibits “Explore the Essence of a People: Celebrating Black History Month through Art” at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) on Sunday, February 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Reserve your spot today

February 5 to 11

  • Join author Cameile Henry for Family Storytime: Community Building and Storytelling at the Oakville Public Library’s Glen Abbey Branch on Saturday, February 10 at 10 a.m. In this family-friendly event, children come together to foster connections and celebrate diversity through engaging activities and captivating stories. The featured book is “Mhina’s Gift” which highlights bravery and friendship and celebrates courage and the importance of embracing our unique gifts.

February 12 to 18

  • The town offers schools a curriculum companion (pdf) and students in Grades 5 to 12 have the opportunity to watch Shaun Boothe’s Unauthorized Biographies on Thursday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. The critically acclaimed musical project celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical raps songs – repackaging history through Hip Hop.
  • Participate in Black History Explorers, a partnership between the Oakville Museum, Oakville Public Library and CCAH, on Friday, February 16 at noon or Saturday, March 9 at noon. The event, taking place at Oakville Museum, invites families to participate in arts and crafts, story-time and a family-friendly tour.

February 19 to 25

February 26 to March 3

  • Watch Land and Legacy at Film.ca Cinemas on Wednesday, February 28 at 6 p.m. This event by CCAH, Debwewin Oakville and Oakville Community Foundation will premiere two film series, Legacy Voices 2: New Generations and the Debwewin Oakville Truth Series. Registration details to come.
    • Legacy Voices 2: New Generation showcases the Black experience through the firsthand accounts of four individuals as they discuss their experiences of living in the Halton Region and explore how they will leave a legacy.
    • Debwewin Oakville Truth Series is a collection of videos which explores the themes of reciprocity and reconciliation through three separate perspectives; our connection to the land, the recognition of historical treaties and our connections with one another.

All month long

  • Visit Oakville’s Black History exhibit, a set of 14 themed banners celebrating the heritage of Black Canadians in our community, that will be installed at all recreation and culture centres across Oakville. Originally researched, written, and designed by Deborah Hudson for the Oakville Museum in 1999, the panels have been edited and redesigned several times over the years as new research becomes available. 
  • Visit the Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History exhibit (both in person and virtual) at the Oakville Museum. Students in grades 5 to 8 can also participate in Oakville’s Early Black History School program.
  • Check out Black History Month art exhibits “Explore the Essence of a People: Celebrating Black History Month through Art” from February 1 to February 29 at Oakville Town Hall and QEPCCC. Art in the North Atrium of Town Hall features work by Désiré Betty, Omar Hopkinson and Paul Dias while work by Joan Butterfield will be on display in the QEPCC Gallery.
  • Oakville Early Black History, a travelling exhibition by Oakville Museum will display pictures and cultural information. Participating schools include St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School; Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School; Bishop P. F. Reding Catholic Secondary School; E.J. James Public School; St. Catherine of Alexandria; Garth Webb Secondary School.

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