Toronto virtual events celebrating Black History Month

Feb 1 2021, 9:06 pm

As of February 1, it is officially Black History month and since everything is now online, there are tons of virtual events in Toronto you can take part in.

There are a lot of events in the city that you can register and tune in, for free from now until March 1.

Here’s a list of virtual events you can participate in this month:

Black History Month Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Facilitated by the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, participants will be joining the UoT library to edit pages in Wikipedia for Black History Month. Facilitators will be on-site to help through all aspects of the research and editing process. A brief on-boarding presentation will be held at the beginning of each session, according to UoT.

When: February 5, 2021 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Via Zoom. Register beforehand.

Honouring the Diversity of Black Leaders and Agents of Change

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office at the University of Toronto is hosting the 2021 Black History Symposium where they will be exploring anti-Black racism activism in diverse spaces and the role of post-secondary environments in transforming anti-Black racism advocacy. There will be several key speakers at the Zoom event.

When: February 8, 2021 from 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Via Zoom – register online.

Karina Vernon & Kaie Kellough: The Black Prairie Archives

“For her recently released anthology, The Black Prairie Archives, Karina Vernon spent 15 years researching and resurrecting writings from 19th century Black pioneers and contextualizes them alongside contemporary Canadian writers,” said the Toronto Public Library on its website.

“Through this new anthology, a new perspective on Western Canada, informed by Black voices, is explored in relationship to the literary traditions of the Canadian Prairies.” Both Karina Vernon alongside author and poet Kaie Kellough will discuss The Black Prairie Archives with host Ismaila Alfa during the event.

When: February 9, 2021 from 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Link to register and tune in.

Before the 6ix: Kardinal Offishall “Quest for Fire” 20th Anniversary

Kardinal Offishall will be sitting in with journalist Del F. Cowie to talk about his album Quest For Fire: Firestarter Volume 1 and the legacy of it. In its 20th anniversary, they’ll be discussing the two most important hip-hop songs to come out of the city’s hip-hop history.

“Before the 6ix is a series that connects the dots from Toronto’s present-day internationally recognized hip-hop influence to the rich and vitally important roots of its past,” said TPL on their website.

When: February 10, 2021 from 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Link to register and tune in.

Cheryl Blackman in conversation with Shelley Falconer Awakenings at the Toronto History Museums

“In accordance with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action in the Museum sector, the Toronto History Museums sites are embracing partnerships that embody Indigenous voices, stories and knowledge into programs, collections management and sites,” read the event posting.

“The Awakenings program begins to address the lack of representation in the stories of Toronto’s history. Cheryl Blackman, the City’s Director of Museum and Heritage Services, will speak about this initiative, followed by conversation with Shelley Falconer, President and CEO of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

When: February 11 from 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Sign up and register.

Cherie Jones: How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

Novelist Cherie Jones will be discussing her debut novel during a virtual event on February 12. “Set in Barbados, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, is an intimate and visceral portrayal of interconnected lives across race and class in a rapidly changing resort town, following four people confronting violence and love in a beachfront ‘paradise’,” said TPL on their website.

When: February 12, 2021 from 12 pm to 1 pm
Where: Register online and save the link.

Resiliency of Black Youth: Addressing Mental Health and Anti-Black Racism

Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, Tracy Ampofoh and Kwaku Agyeman will be giving information and discussing questions on mental health, racism (specifically anti-Black racism), and how they intersect.

When: February 19, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Where: Link available here.

Imagine a World: Nalo Hopkinson and Lateef Martin with Karen Lord

Nalo Hopkinson and Lateef Martin, two Canadian authors of Afro-Caribbean heritage, are set to discuss speculative fiction, Afrofuturism, and the act of writing towards imagined worlds with Barbadian writer, Karen Lord, according to TPL. They will converse about their past work, recent accomplishments, future projects, and storytelling as a whole.

When: February 22, 2021 from 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Link to sign up and tune in.

Eternity Martis: They Said This Would Be Fun

“In her debut memoir They Said This Would Be Fun, award-winning journalist Eternity Martis gives us an honest inside look at the dominant racist and sexist attitudes that plague modern day campus life,” said TPL on their website. “As she pursued her undergraduate degree, Martis faced everyday microaggressions and full-blown racist attacks while still trying to navigate the pressures of student life.” Martis will be discussing her new book and the experiences that helped form what it truly is.

When: February 23, 2021 from 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Register and tune in.

Tamara Payne: The Dead Are Arising – The Life of Malcolm X

Tamara Payne, lead researcher and daughter to Les Payne, a Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist who, for nearly 30 years set herself to retell the life of Malcom X through interviews, took up the completion of this book upon the death of her father. Payne will speak with journalist Huda Hassan for an examination of The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X.

When: March 1, 2021 from 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Register and tune in.

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