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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.

Black History Month Virtual Celebration

February & Forever: Celebrating Black History Month Today and Everyday

Hosted by Mayor Crombie and the Black Caucus
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 from 6-8 pm

Join Mayor Crombie together with the Black Caucus for a 2-hour event to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of Mississauga’s local Black heroes. The virtual celebration will involve musical guests, a keynote speaker and updates on Mississauga’s diversity initiatives. We will also test your knowledge on local Black History with a trivia game.

Register Here

The Museums of Mississauga

From museum tours to virtual events, and school programs, there are many opportunities to uncover the historical virtue of Black Canadians this February at the Museums of Mississauga.

Museum tours

Launching February 3, 2022, museum tours will be available all month at two locations:

Bradley Museum – Black History in Ontario

This tour explores the Black experience in Upper Canada in the 19th Century and local connections to Enslavement and the Underground Railway. Walk through the 1830’s Bradley House in a fully guided tour using artifacts, images, maps and interactive activities engaging visitors of all ages in Ontario’s Black History.

Book a guided tour

 

Benares Historic House – Cedar Park & Cherry Hill: Mississauga’s Forgotten Black History

This new tour explores the lives and experiences of Black families in the Peel region in the 19th Century and encourages visitors to examine the gaps in our historical record and sharing of local history. Walk through the WWI era Benares Historic House in a fully guided tour using artifacts, images, maps and interactive activities.

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Museum outreach
Black United Empire Loyalists – Virtual Open Museum

On February 9, 2022, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, join us in a virtual session as we explore the experiences of Black United Empire Loyalist. Stories will be recounted of the resilience and strength needed to build a life in Canada.

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Author Talk with Lawrence Hill – Virtual Session

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. On February 23, 2022, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, the renowned author will be making an appearance in the Mississauga Author Talk session.

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School programs

The Black Settlers in Peel school program is available to book until June 2022. Within this program, held by the Bradley Museum, explore what we know and don’t know about the history of early Black settlers in Peel Region, and discover the experiences of people who lived in the past.

The session is offered virtually and in-person for Grades 6-12 for Social Studies credits.

Learn more

Mississauga Library

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.

Myriam Chancy

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.

 

Lawrence Hill

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

Poetry Club

Wednesday, February 23 at 6 pm
Poems by Hanif Adburraqib

Register now at mississaugalibrary.ca/bookclubs.

Mississauga Celebration Square

To recognize and honour local Black musicians and artists, a music playlist – Black Excellence in Sauga – has been curated to showcase the incredible diversity of musical talent in Mississauga.

The playlist has a wide range of music styles from punk-rock to hip-hop, jazz and pop, and will be featured all month long at the Mississauga Celebration Square ice rink.

Click the following links to view the playlist tracks on Spotify and Apple Music.

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.
Fitness
  • 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.

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