Black History Month in Saint John


The month of February is recognized as Black History Month in several countries, including Canada. In honour of this, both the city of Saint John and UNBSJ are hosting several events.

Black History Month celebrates the achievements of African-Canadians and African-Americans and their important role in history. (Praxis Group/Ron Nicholson)

UNBSJ is having a poster campaign called Rediscovering the Roots of Black New Brunswickers, running all month, that can be viewed on the second floor of the Hans W. Klohn Commons.

The Pan-African flag was raised at City Hall at 4 p.m. on February 3 for the very first time.

On Sunday, February 9, 16 and 23, the Saint John Public Library will be presenting free screenings of films that have African-American writing, production and/or acting: Us, Beloved, and Harriet, respectively.

The Pan-African flag being raised in front of City Hall in Saint John. (Graham Thompson/CBC)

On Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m., the Lorenzo Society will be hosting a reading by author Douglas Gary Freeman, an African-American who was part of the Civil Rights Movement.  He will be reading from his books Exile Blues.

On Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m., a motivational speech will be presented at the Saint John Public Library by Neil Clements. He will be discussing his experience as of one New Brunswick’s first African-Canadian lawyers.

If interested in learning more about our city and province’s black history, feel free to visit the New Brunswick Black History Society website or Discover Saint John.

More in-depth information can be found on these events here.