Where to go in Toronto to learn more about Black History Month.
We are lucky to live in such a multicultural city where we celebrate our roots and admire each other for our uniqueness. The world is still seemingly always in some sort of dispute over perceived “differences” when really, we are all citizens of the planet earth. It is of the utmost importance that we take time to learn about each other’s backgrounds and the often-devastating history that preceded freedom, opportunity, and growth.
There are a ton of amazing things going on right now in the city to celebrate Black History Month. Here’s a look at some great options that you can take advantage of:
- Handle with Care Exhibition: Jan 31, 2020 – Feb 29, 2020
- Wedge Curatorial Projects presents “Handle with Care” (at The Gladstone Hotel), a photographic exhibition and site-specific installation that brings together the work of Canadian artist Dainesha Nugent-Palache and American artist Adrienne Elise Tarver.
- Know Your Rights Camp Photo Exhibit: – Feb 1, 2020 – Feb 29, 2020
- Harbourfront Centre presents an exclusive Canadian debut public art installation, courtesy of Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. Featuring freedom fighters representing the living embodiment of the organization’s beliefs and pillars. From athletes to activists to lawyers, scholars and actors.
- Toronto Public Library: January 23, 2020 – April 1, 2020
- Toronto Public Library locations celebrate Black History with a collection of programs and special events that honor Black heritage and consider the historical significance and contemporary contributions of Black activists and artists from around the world.
- Rashaan Rori Allwood and Nadine Anyan in Concert – February 27, 2020
- Presenting two young Canadian classical artists at the beginning of their careers, pianist Rashaan Rori Allwood and soprano vocalist Nadine Anyan will perform little-known works of Black classical composers from the 18th to the 21st century. The program will spotlight the works of under-recognized Black composers, and will celebrate the diverse history of classical music.
- Black History Month Short Film Screening: A Decade in Review – February 29, 2020
- The project, A Decade in Review, draws upon themes and moments of relevance to experiences of being Black within a Canadian context over the past decade. This commission by Othello Grey is unique for its critical exploration of some of the moments that defined a decade, as well as its potential to challenge, inspire and educate audiences.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s together carry these inspirational messages forward to the next generation and the next and the next so that eventually our world becomes a true global community built on a foundation of diversity and inclusion.
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again” – Maya Angelou
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