Jan. 25, 2021Print | PDF
Each February, Black History Month recognizes and honours the legacy of Black experiences and celebrates the achievements of Black people. Wilfrid Laurier University invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members to participate in a series of educational and engaging Black History Month events. Events are held virtually and open to the public unless otherwise stated.
Visit wlu.ca/news throughout February to read stories that celebrate the achievements of Laurier’s Black community members.
Join Ann Marie Beals, community psychology PhD student at Laurier, as they share stories of African, Caribbean and Black activists, Elders and scholars and their contributions to fighting for freedom and an equitable, thriving society for all within the nation-state known as Canada.
Theoretical physicist, professional jazz musician, author and current president of the National Society of Black Physicists, Professor Stephon Solomon Alexander shares his insight into the interconnection between music and the evolution of astrophysics and the laws of motion. Alexander will also discuss ways that innovations in physics have been – and can be – inspired by "improvisational logic" exemplified in jazz performance and practice.
Beating the Odds is an annual, one-day conference that provides high school students of African descent with information about post-secondary options and procedures, self-development and motivation. This year's conference is virtual and open to post-secondary students and includes workshops on personal branding, financial literacy, mental health and careers in sports.
Join Professor Afua Dadesen Cooper as she reads poems and prose inspired by everyday Black experiences and Black history. Cooper will read from her newest book, Black Matters, and her national bestseller, The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal.
Richie Reseda is an abolitionist-feminist producer and organizer who spent seven years in prison, where showing vulnerability can be life-threatening. During his talk, Reseda will cover topics including self-love and accountability for Black men. Note: This is a closed group for self-identified Black men at Laurier and Ryerson University.
This introductory lecture explores the Black experience in Canada by providing an overarching view while being grounded in key moments in the contested histories of Black people in Canada from slavery to freedom. The primary analytical lens will be Black peoples’ relationship with the law over space and time.
An economist by training and policy analyst by profession, Kosisochukwu Nnebe’s artistic work engages viewers in issues both personal and structural in ways that bring awareness to their own complicity. Join Nnebe as she discusses her art and curatorial practice and how her lived experiences have helped shape and evolve her artistic development. Utilizing notions of political visibility, displacement and sense of self, Nnebe shares new ways of seeing and thinking about the world around us.
Join Kevin Sutton, writer, artist, community organizer and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Guelph, for a spoken-word performance and discussion about Black identities and social work.
Led by Laurier alumna and mental health therapist Natalie Guimond (MSW ’18), Self and Soul Care is an interactive workshop about caring for ourselves and others in ways that honour the whole self – mind, body and soul. Guimond will address current sources of stress and ways of coping while providing ways to learn from each other. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Laurier joins Ryerson University and Carleton University in welcoming Yami M., a grassroots community organizer and movement practitioner, for an engaging dialogue about the realities of healing justice, misogynoir and Black life in Canada.
Join Ann Marie Beals, community psychology PhD student at Laurier, and Barrington Walker, associate vice-president: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Laurier, as they discuss the current experiences of Black-Indigenous and Black people in Canada.
Join Chef Andrew Beckford on a savoury journey as he shares some of his favourite stories and recipes collected while travelling across Canada. Beckford will demonstrate how to make two mouth-watering dishes – along with cooking tips and tricks – while speaking about the historical significance of each dish in Black Canadian culture.
All Laurier students are invited to participate in weekly online games organized by the Laurier Black Student Collective. Bring your enthusiasm and competitive spirit for the chance to win prizes while connecting with other Golden Hawks!