The history of Black people is often inadequately reflected in the general history of Canada; therefore, there is a need for specific attention to be paid on said history. February (Black History Month) is the month in which we bear witness to the progress, richness, and diversity of the achievements and contributions of Black people in Canada and around the world. It is also a time to reflect on the issues and difficulties that were faced, and continue to be faced within the Black community.

During the 1920s an African American named Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week in the USA. In 1976, the month-long celebration was implemented. In 1995, the Government of Canada officially declared February to be Black History Month throughout the country.

Here in Winnipeg, the Annual Black History Month Celebration was launched by the local Chapter of the National Black Coalition of Canada in 1981. The honor and responsibility of organizing these events have passed through different organizations throughout the years so in 2016, the official Black History Month Celebration Committee Inc. was formed. The events are open to the public and we hope to see a varied body of participants, of all communities and ages, in the hope that the linkages between all our histories become evident.

Black History Month 2020 39th Annual Celebrations - STRONG ROOTS, AMAZING ACHIEVEMENTS

Friday, January 31, 2020
Black History Month Kickoff
**Lunch with the Mayor at City Hall**
Location: 2nd floor - City Hall, 510 Main Street
Light lunch provided. By invitation only
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Contact: bhmwinnipeg@gmail.com or Mavis McLaren 204-257-9665


Sunday, February 2, 2020
OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY and DR MLK JR. MEMORIAL SERVICE
Location: New Anointing Christian Fellowship, 1425 Manitoba Avenue
Time: 6:00pm **Refreshments provided**
Contact: Pastor Brian Archer 204-269-1411






Wednesday February 5, 2020
UM Black Alliance in partnership with Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association (MEEPA) University of Manitoba’s Black History Month Event Time: 9am – 12 noon Location: Marshall McLuhan at the University of Manitoba Topic: “Where We Live Now: Black Liberation Struggles and the University as White Property” featuring Keynote Speaker Delia Douglas, Ph.D., Anti-Racism Practice Lead,
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Please register here: https://eventscalendar.umanitoba.ca/site/ist/event/um-black-history-month-event/

Wednesday February 5, 2020
Afro-Caribbean Cooking Class at Sobey's
Location: Sobey's Extra, 2850 Pembina Highway
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED - THIS EVENT IS FULL! PLEASE REGISTER FOR FEB 19 CLASS



Friday February 7, 2020
2nd Annual Black/African History Month event - RISE AND SHINE
Location: University of Winnipeg - Bulman Center Time: 5:00pm
Sponsored by: UW African Students Association assisted by the Golden Lions of Winnipeg (GLOW)



Friday, February 7, 2020
Bob Marley Celebration
Location: Le Garage, Provencher Blvd
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Admission: $10.00 Contact: bhmwinnipeg@gmail.com

Sunday, February 9, 2020
BHM ANNUAL LUNCHEON
"Celebrating the Life of Gerry Atwell"
Time: 1:30-4pm
Location: Jamaican Cultural Centre
1098 Winnipeg Avenue, Winnipeg MB
Tickets: Adults, $15 Children $8
Contact: Mavis McLaren at 204-257-9665
For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bhm-luncheon-tickets-91451065599

Saturday, February 15, 2020
BHM YOUTH DEBATE and RESEARCH CHALLENGE
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Location: West Kildonan Collegiate, 101 Ridgecrest Ave, Winnipeg, MB R2V 2A6
Come on out and hear a fruitful debate on the topic of "Media". This conversation in debate style will strive to give attendees facts and stories of this very important topic. Join us!
**FREE EVENT**
**lunch provided**












Saturday, February 15, 2020 <<< UPDATED!
SOUS LE BAOBAB YOUTH DAY
Presented by: Sous Le Baobab
11:00am-1:30pm at Club Traverse, 267 Traverse Street
2:00pm-6:00pm at École Précieux-Sang, 206 Kenny Street
7:00pm-10:30pm at Club Traverse, 267 Traverse Street
Contact: Rene 204-231-2145, Email: info@souslebaobab.com for more info on activities


Saturday, February 15, 2020
FAMILY STORY TIME with WINNIPEG PUBLIC LIBRARY
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Munroe Library
489 London Street, Winnipeg MB
FREE EVENT


Saturday, February 15, 2020
TLWC VALENTINE'S DINNER BANQUET
Presented by:Truth and Life Worship Centre
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Truth and Life Worship Centre
51 Richfield Avenue, Winnipeg MB
Tickets: Adults, $40.00 Contact: Pastor Layne at 204-792-2292


Monday, February 17, 2020
HISTORY LESSON & HEALTH FORUM
Time: 10:30am - 3:00pm
Location: Jamaican Cultural Centre, 1098 Winnipeg Avenue
Cooking, Music, Arts and Crafts…
Fun for all ages! Lunch provided! Contact: Mavis @ 257-9665
**FREE EVENT**


Wednesday February 19, 2020
Afro-Caribbean Cooking Class at Sobey's
Location: Sobey's Extra, 2850 Pembina Highway
Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED - please contact Sobey's Extra at 204-261-5047


Friday, February 21, 2020
BHM MOVIE NIGHT
Feature film: Harriet
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Truth and Life Worship Centre
51 Richfield Avenue, Winnipeg MB
**FREE EVENT** JUST BRING A TIN FOR THE BIN (OR CASH DONATION)FOR WINNIPEG HARVEST








Saturday, February 22, 2020
ACAM JOB FAIR
Presented by: ACAM
Location: Elmwood High School
505 Chalmers Avenue
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm














Saturday, February 22, 2020
FAMILY STORY TIME with WINNIPEG PUBLIC LIBRARY
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Millenium Library
251 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB
FREE EVENT


Saturday, February 22, 2020
HEART SPIRIT AND SOUL - 39TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY CONCERT
Featuring: local choirs, groups, and soloists
Time: 6:30pm (DOORS OPEN AT 5:30pm)
Location: New Beginnings Church Church
1073 St Mary's Road, Winnipeg MB
Advance Tickets: Adults $10.00 Seniors/Youth $5.00
Contact: Rhonda at 204-509-7726 or Nadia at 204-798-7352 or email bhmwinnipeg@gmail.com


Tuesday February 25, 2020
ANNUAL BASKETBALL CLINIC
Location: Marion School
619 Des Meurons
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
FREE EVENT and Open to all ages!!!
Contact: Lori Todd 204-798-7908













Saturday, February 29, 2020
FAMILY STORY TIME with WINNIPEG PUBLIC LIBRARY
Time: 2:00pm
Location: St Boniface Library
#100 - 131 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg MB
featuring French and English readings! FREE EVENT


Saturday, February 29, 2020
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
ANNUAL COMMUNITY AWARDS BANQUET and CLOSING CEREMONY

Location: Jamaican Cultural Centre
1098 Winnipeg Ave
Time: 6:00pm
Tickets: $40.00 (adults) $30.00(w/ student ID) Children 12 and under $15.00








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