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Black History is about engagement, education, sharing and celebration. We’re grateful to our community partners for sharing their experience and knowledge, so please check out these resources!
If you want to read more, view our curated booklists:
- Black History Month for Kids
- YA Titles for Black History Month
- Non-fiction for Black History Month
- Fiction for Black History Month
- Anti-Racist Readings for Adults: A Black Lives Matter Primer
- Anti-Racist Readings For Children: A Black Lives Matter Primer
If you looking for film, view the curated collection from Kanopy
Proclamation: Black History Month
Mayor L. Dollin on behalf of the Town of Innisfil proclaimed the month of February as Black History Month at the January 11th Council meeting.
Movie Highlight: Rise!
In honour of Black History Month we would like to highlight the film Rise!
Rise! examines the long road to civil rights, when the deep contradictions in American society finally became unsustainable. https://www.kanopy.com/product/rise/
Watch now, all you need is your Library card.
What’s Cooking Innisfil: Spotlight on the Caribbean
Enjoy cooking with Roxann Whittingham, owner of Ms Hotty Hotty Jerk Marinade for a virtual cooking class as she puts her heart and soul into cooking classic Caribbean food.
What’s Cooking, Innisfil? Jerk Style Shrimp & Spaghetti
HackLAB: DIY ‘Black History Month’ Stickers
Tinkershops are a great way to get acquainted with the Library’s hackLAB and Digital Media Lab technology. From vinyl cutting, lasering, 3D printing, digital conversion, circuitry, or coding, you won’t believe what you can do! Join us Friday, February 4th from 10:00-11:00am to make stickers of your favourite quotes or artworks to personalize your items and show support for Black History Month. For ages 10 and up, $5.00 per person.
Mosaic of Black Culture: the Afro-Caribbean Canadian Experience
Throughout the month of February, Making Change is celebrating Black History Month with the Mosaic of Black Culture Event 2023.
Be taken back in time with an interactive Black History discussion, listen to traditional Caribbean music performed live by D’Jango Pan Fyah, and create your own steel pan drum to take home in this fun-filled family event.
Free for all ages.
Lakeshore: Saturday February 11, 1:00-3:00pm
Genealogy for Black and African-American Ancestors
Conducting genealogical research on Black and African-American ancestors has historically been challenging as a consequence of institutional racism and how it has limited the availability of accurate records. Despite improvements in more recent history, the inadequacy of earlier record-keeping continues to be an issue.
As a result, the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library has created a starter guide in order to provide resources that may assist beginners and experienced researchers alike to find their Black and African-American ancestors in Ontario, in Canada, and in the United States.
Our Partners Past and Present
Get to know the speakers and organizers behind these Black History Month events.
Read more about Debbie
Debbie Opoku-Mulde holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She is passionate about equipping individuals and groups with the tools and resources needed to educate and motivate themselves to be innovative and creative. Her work is guided from an anti-oppressive, healing focused, trauma informed and anti-Black racism lens.
As a therapist for 13 years, Debbie works to erase the stigma associated with mental health and give people the tools they need to share their story and recognize that they are not alone on this journey. She brings her diverse and unique perspective to every audience.
Wildlife Photographer | Presenter | Teacher
Read more about Jason
Jason George is a wildlife photographer and presenter, who retired from teaching because his love/curiosity of wildlife pulled him out of the profession and actually the city as he chases his dream. He has travel to every Continent except Antarctica, having some EPIC experiences along the way. Jason now uses his passion for wildlife to inspire future generations to help the animals he loves as he shares his work. Jason has been fortunate to speak (in person and virtually) with not only school groups, girl guides and special needs groups but he had the opportunity to present in person in his parents’ home country of Jamacia about this wildlife passion. He leads private tours and presentations for all abilities. Check out his work www.jasongeorgephotography.com we are sure you’ll find a photo or story there that will make you smile.
Community Group and Partner
Read more about Making Change
Making Change’s GOAL is to spark broad community interest and foster conversations around inclusion and diversity. We have a specific focus on raising awareness and educating and exposing people to Black communities, Black cultures, and issues around anti-Black racism. We are building community inclusion and togetherness through activities, allyship, participation and discussion.
Through our year-long initiatives, programs and educational sessions, including during Black History Month, Making Change embraces the community values that connect us as people, bring us closer together, and encourage us to support each other.
It’s really about community togetherness.
Board Chair and Education Director of UpLift Black
Read more about Ramona
Ramona Deane is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) at the Simcoe County District School Board and Board Chair and Education Director of UpLift Black, an organization working to build the visibility and socio-economic development of Black people based in Simcoe/Muskoka. Ramona is an engaging speaker, dynamic presenter, passionate voice for the community
Child & Youth Practitioner | Owner of Ms. Hotty Hotty | Author | Change Maker
Read more about Roxann
Roxann Whittingham is a trained Child and Youth Practitioner, graduating at the top of her class from Georgian College while working as the VP of Community Engagement for that institution. She also holds a diploma in Education and has over ten years of teaching experience, working with elementary and high school students in Jamaica. She has a distinct passion for advocating for, empowering, motivating, and inspiring young people. Most of her Canadian work experience revolves around children and youth from marginalized groups, with various disabilities and mental health conditions. Her Caribbean upbringing and roots gave her the tenacity and resiliency skills needed to support this dynamic group. Roxann does everything with ‘heart and soul’, an imperative ingredient needed for the vulnerable sector in which she practices.
Roxann is a change-maker and backs up her values and beliefs with action. She is the proud founder of the Black Education Empowerment (Scholarship) Fund, (B.E.E.F), instituted to encourage and support black students applying to Georgian College while stimulating diversity. She is the owner of ‘Ms. Hotty Hotty’, a company that produces authentic Jamaican Jerk Marinade, a published author of three books, a proud member of the OACYC, South Simcoe Startup, UPlift Black, Georgian Changemaker et al, and a mother of two handsome boys, Akeem and Joshua.
Roy (D’Jango) McRae
Steel Pan Performer
Read more about Roy
A two time Caribbean Music and Entertainment Award Winner, Roy (D’Jango) McRae, was born in Guyana into a musical family. His father is a percussion player, his mother is a gospel singer, his siblings ad cousins are musicians and lastly, his Uncles are all Steel Pan Artists, player, makers, tuners and arrangers. Having been surrounded by musical inspirations, it’s no surprise that by the tender age of five, D’Jango started to play the Tenor Pan in one of Guyana’s most popular band, Guynec Superstars, headed by Uncle Washi, for the next eight years.
When he’s not in the studio, D’Jango is performing, conducting workshops or providing both private and group Steel pan music lessons.
Artist | Art Educator | Cultural Worker
Read more about Sean George
Sean George is an artist, art educator, and cultural worker. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and has lived in Trinidad and Tobago, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto and Barrie. He presently divides his time between the semi-rural community of Long Sault,ON, and Barrie, ON.
He is interested in the intersection between community, art, identity, and transformation. He believes culture can raise awareness of most topics, whilst it can be alienating. In the pursuit of art, George harnesses community dialogue, research, experience, and aesthetics, to create work that enables him to build his understanding of the world he inhabits.
George is a multi-disciplinary artist, he utilizes photography, writing, installation, drawing, and performance. He uses the media that speak to the overall theme of his artwork. George’s work challenges the status quo, whilst aligning with the elements of art and design.
Stories of Colour
Community Group and Partner
Read more about Stories of Colour
Stories of Colour features children’s books written by authors of colour, or whose central character is a person of colour. Please understand that it is of the utmost importance for children to not only see themselves being represented in the stories, but also by the individuals telling the stories. To become a reader, please send inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Group and Partner
Read more about UPlift Black
UPlift Black is a social service agency working to UPlift the complete wellbeing of Black people who live in Simcoe Muskoka. Their work is culturally based and anchored in 2SLGBTQPNIA+ inclusivity striving to achieve the ultimate goal of racial equity through a conscious community.