The theme of this 12 months’s Black Historical past Month at McGill is “Group”—an acceptable focus for an occasion that, now in its sixth 12 months, goals to convey folks to Black tradition and rejoice the numerous achievements of Black folks in and round McGill, Montreal. brings collectively. World.

In fact, creating a way of group is a large problem throughout the COVID pandemic, when social distancing and Zoom conferences are the norm. Like many actions and occasions that we maintain pricey, this 12 months too BHM shall be digital.

Whereas it’s actually difficult to repeat Black Historical past Month throughout the pandemic, it’s a time the place the Black group comes collectively to study, rejoice, chortle, eat and dance, and way more. Shondra Mings, Fairness Training Advisor. Anti-oppression and anti-racist training, and one of many organizers of BHM. “Whereas I feel many are personally excited to be reunited, we’re delighted to have the ability to have our occasions this 12 months as a manner of bringing everybody collectively.”

“The Workplace of the Provost and the Vice-Principal (Tutorial), in partnership with the College of Science, are organizing 4 primary occasions, however there shall be pupil golf equipment and a wide range of occasions organized by departments and colleges,” says Karen Diop, Program Supervisor, Black Anti-Racist Motion Plan, and BHM co-organiser. “We predict a wide range of occasions are positively conserving the spirit of BHM alive, albeit digital.”

advantages of being on-line

This 12 months’s program is numerous, bringing collectively an increasing group – students, researchers, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and group members.

“There is a bonus to being digital as a result of our packages are capable of attain audiences that we could not have on campus, throughout the metropolis, and even throughout Canada,” stated Antoine-Samuel Mouffet Alavo, Black Scholar Affairs Liaison, and BHM co-organizers. “Sometimes, there are a variety of Black Historical past Month occasions, so it is onerous to attend all. That manner, folks can tune in from the consolation of their properties or their workplaces. We even had somebody e-mail us who was in Vancouver. will participate, which is sort of thrilling.

February 1: Opening Ceremony and Keynote Handle

The opening ceremony shall be attended by Dr. James Jones, Trustee Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Mind Sciences and Director of the Middle for the Examine of Variety on the College of Delaware and Black American Research. Dr. Jones will ship the keynote tackle titled ‘Variety in Psychology’. Previous to the incident, Dr. Jones wrote an op-ed for the reporter, which could be learn right here.

The keynote tackle shall be adopted by a particular metal pan drum efficiency by Apkong Etang.

February 9: Black Views: Artists Navigating House

This panel dialogue will embody Modibo Keita (who performs underneath the identify Simm0), a multidisciplinary artist and music entrepreneur; Caudjo, a music producer and entrepreneur; Montreal singer-songwriter, Sarah MK; and Camille Thurman, an assistant professor of jazz, on the Schulich Faculty of Music.

Panelists will share their data and lived experiences whereas navigating cultural and institutional areas within the metropolis of Montreal.

February 17: Colonialist Method to Analysis

This panel will discover analysis approaches within the Caribbean, in addition to historic analysis relationships with McGill’s Barbados by means of the Belairs Institute.

Moderated by Jean Saint-Ville, Vice-Principal is Particular Advisor for Analysis and Innovation, the panel will embody the Provost’s educational lead and Dr. Terry Givens, an advisor on McGill’s motion plan to handle anti-Black racism; Dr. Salim Razak, Professor of Pediatrics and Well being Sciences Training; and Jamila Dei-Sharp, a sociologist with a PhD in social and cultural evaluation at Concordia College.

Asia Blackman (presently pursuing a Grasp of Science in Epidemiology) and Khelan King (presently pursuing a BA in Political Science with a minor in Sociology) will even take part.

February 24: Soul Meals Field

Native Caribbean and African eating places will put together a scrumptious boxed lunch for individuals who register prematurely. Ensure you reserve your meal on your Soul Meals Field by registering right here Thursday, February 17,

“Planning Black Historical past Month occasions at McGill takes important coordination with school, group companions, employees, pupil unions, and plenty of different teams,” say the co-organizers. “BHM is about bringing communities collectively, so in planning it was vital for us to verify we’ve packages and visitors who converse to completely different audiences and canopy a wide range of subjects as properly.

“With the ever-changing panorama of the pandemic we will need to have contingency plans in place if our occasions can not happen making the planning extra complicated individually. Although it requires a variety of coordination, it’s positively a labor of affection and we’re grateful to everybody who performed a component in coming collectively on this.”

Discover out extra about Black Historical past Month 2022. Details about occasions together with dates, instances and registration could be discovered on-line. For extra data or to assist Black Historical past Month at McGill, please contact Shondra Mings at

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