February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month in Canada and the U.S. and, while the pandemic has prevented in-person events, there are several virtual events throughout the month.
Events through UNB
- Rediscovering the Roots of Black New Brunswickers: The UNB Art Centre and UNB’s Bi-Campus Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Human Rights have created banners and poster boards that feature the stories of 28 Black New Brunswickers. They will be displayed on Regent and Westmorland streets in Fredericton, and at the Saint John Free Public Library and Market Square throughout the month of February.
- The UNB Art Centre Black History Month Online Exhibit: Visit the UNB Art Centre’s online galleries throughout the month to hear the voices of young black artists from the New Brunswick Black Artists Alliance. There will be poetry, singing, readings, and discussions.
- The World Through Our Eyes: Addressing Racial Experiences in Higher Education: On Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m., UNB’s Faculty of Education will be hosting The World Through Our Eyes: Addressing Racial Experiences in Higher Education, a student-led panel moderated by UNB Ph.D. candidate Alicia Noreiga-Mundaroy. It will feature panelists such as Chevelle Malcolm, Ashley Malcolm, Olivia Rowinski, and Brien-Orel Mugisha, as they discuss their experiences as Black students at UNB.
- February 11: At 7 p.m. through the UNB Department of History, Dr. Melanie J. Newton will be presenting her lecture “This island’s mine, by Sycorax my mother: Afro-Indigeneity, Gender, and Survival in the Lesser Antilles.” Register here.
Events throughout New Brunswick
There are also various events being hosted this month by the N.B. African Association Inc, Battle of the Arts NB, and the Fredericton Public Library. Register for all events at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is the schedule:
- February 3 from 12-1 p.m.: Segregated in Life and Death by Dr. Mary McCarthy-Brandt
- February 4 from 1-2 p.m.: Being Black in New Brunswick by Jessie Sagawa, Ph.D., and 6-7 p.m.: Pan-Africanism 101 by Cliff Nombato
- February 5 from 2-4 p.m.: Lived Experiences of Racism in New Brunswick by Dialogue N.B.
- February 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.: African drumming by Saa Andrew Gbangbor, and Learn Swahili with Yusuf Shire.
- February 12 at 7:30 p.m.: Playhouse Black Artists Showcase
- February 13 from 12-2 p.m.: Africville Book Reading and 2-3 p.m.: Black Arts: Photography Live at Gallery on Queen
- February 15 from 3-5 p.m.: African Dance Family Day
- February 17 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Segregated in Life and Death by Dr. Mary McCarthy-Brandt, and 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Black and Herstory by Emmanuel Ajumobi-Obi
- February 18: 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Telling our Stories Workshop for Black-Led Businesses by Dialogue N.B.
- February 20 from 12:30-2 p.m.: African Culture through the Lens of Fashion by Christine-Omike Eruokwu of Kaima Designs
- February 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.: African Drumming by Saa Andrew Gbangbor, and Learn Swahili with Yusuf Shire
- February 26 from 2-4 p.m.: Leaders Dialogue on Racism Part 2 by Black in the Maritimes
- February 28 from 3-4:30 p.m.: Black in the Arts Panel Discussion by BOTA-NB
Resources on Black History in New Brunswick
For further resources on Black history in New Brunswick, visit these links and groups below:
- Essay by Graham A.J. Nickerson, “WHY DIDN’T THEY TEACH THAT?THE UNTOLD BLACK HISTORY OF NEW BRUNSWICK”: https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/JNBS/article/view/31423/1882526644
- New Brunswick Black History Society https://www.nbblackhistorysociety.org/
- Black Lives Matter New Brunswick: sjblmm.org
- Black History in New Brunswick by the New Brunswick Free Public Library: https://nbfplhistory.wixsite.com/blackhistory
- Black Lives Matter Fredericton https://www.blmfredericton.ca/ (The resource section provides many recommendations on actions you can take and content you can watch and read).
- Prude Inc.: Keep an eye on their Facebook page as they host several speaker series throughout the month, topics and dates to be announced.
- Follow UNBSJ African-Caribbean Society on Facebook and Instagram (@acs_unbsj)