Black History Month
Black History Month honours the contributions and achievements of Black Canadians and provides an opportunity to showcase the past, present and future of community culture and innovations. It is a time of education, reflection and celebration.
Mississauga is one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities, and to reflect on that diversity and vibrancy this webpage has been created to spotlight talented artists, authors, musicians and more, amplifying the local voices and stories. Learn about all the programming available in February below.
Explore a variety of virtual offerings this February, with opportunities to engage in programs for all ages. Join author talks with renowned writers and participate in a variety of book clubs. Instantly borrow eBooks on your computer or mobile device from our collection of Black History Month reads.
Celebrate Black History Month with the whole family! Join us for an interactive online storytime with selected picture books highlighting Black characters and writers. Looking for your next great read? Watch our recommendations on YouTube.
Online Family Storytime
Monday, February 7 at 11 am
Online Preschool Storytime
Thursday, February 10 at 6 pm
Join us live on Facebook. No registration is required.
Hear authors read from their books, ask questions, learn about the writing process and find out more about their craft of telling captivating stories.
Wednesday, February 9 at 7 pm
Myriam Chancy was born in Port-au-Prince. Her novel Spirit of Haiti was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Another novel, The Loneliness of Angels won the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award. Her latest work What Storm, What Thunder is an unforgettable testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit.
George Elliott Clarke
Wednesday, February 16 at 7 pm
George Elliott Clarke is a poet, novelist, playwright, and critic. He grew up in Halifax and presently teaches African-Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. His latest work, Where Beauty Survived is a vibrant memoir about the cultural and familial pressures that shaped his life in the Black community of Atlantic Canada that he calls Africadia.
Wednesday, February 23 at 7 pm
Lawrence Hill is the celebrated author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal. He is a member of the Order of Canada and winner of the Governor General’s Award for bringing Canadian history to a wider audience. His latest work Beatrice and Croc Harry explores issues of identity, dislocation, and courage in the face of oppression.
Register now at mississaugalibrary.ca/authors.
Meet other book lovers and talk about the reads you’ve recently discovered.
Adult Book Club
Wednesday, February 16 at 10 am
Book: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Adult Book Club
Thursday, February 24 at 7 pm
Book: Beloved by Toni Morrison
2SLGBTQ+ Book Club
Thursday, February 10 at 7 pm
Book: Angry Queer Somali Boy: A Complicated Memoir by Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali
Wednesday, February 23 at 6 pm
Poems by Hanif Adburraqib
Register now at mississaugalibrary.ca/bookclubs.
Lifestyle and Wellness
Join us this February in an assortment of Black History Month related courses and virtual sessions.
Sauga connections for older adults
- The Lives Lived and Stories Told presentation explores Canada’s rich Black heritage. Join host Lianne Harris on February 8, 2022 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and learn more about these shared experiences. Login via this link 5-10 minutes before the session begins.
- In collaboration with the Museums of Mississauga, we encourage you to join the Black United Empire Loyalists virtual session on February 24, 2022 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm to learn how the Black Loyalists made important contributions to our history in the 1800s. Login via this link 5-10 minutes before the session begins.
- Register for our Black History Month feature – Pilates: An Experience of History and Movement – to discover how Pilates opened doors for inclusion and paved the way for Black leaders. Two fantastic features are available for this class on February 9, 2022 from 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm and on February 16, 2022 from 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm.