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Oshawa Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month is an important time for us to recognize and celebrate the contributions and strength of the black community. It is a time to honour those who have fought for civil rights, equality, and justice. It is also a time to reflect on the black community's accomplishments and struggles throughout history.


Be part of the celebration, and join the conversation by participating in one of Oshawa's many Black History Month events.


TOGETHER WE RISE: EXCELLENCE THROUGH THE ARTS

Thursday, February 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Robert McLaughlin Gallery


In celebration of Black History Month, the Regional Municipality of Durham, in partnership with

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS), City of Pickering, Municipality of Clarington, Canadian Jamaican Club of Oshawa, The Power to Be International, Congress of Black Women - Oshawa/Whitby, and DurhamOne will be hosting a showcase of Black excellence through the arts.


This event will showcase local Black artists and feature a keynote address from Cameron Bailey, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Head, and Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).



BLACK EXCELLENCE IN STEM CAREERS: DIVERSITY IN ENGINEERING

Monday, February 13, from 7 to 8 p.m.


Join the Oshawa Public Libraries for a showcase of Black Excellence in Engineering with a feature presentation by Electrical Engineer and Energy specialist Gary Thompson, PEng. The session is hosted live on Zoom. As an Engineering practitioner and advocate for Diversity in Engineering, Gary Thompson shares his experiences and opportunities for success in this STEM field.



LOCAL HISTORY SPEAKER SERIES: CLUB CARIB PRESENTS - A HISTORY OF CLUB CARIB

Tuesday, February 21, 6 p.m.

McLaughlin Library Auditorium


The Oshawa Museum and Oshawa Libraries invite you to join them for their Local History Speaker Series. February's event will feature a visit from Oshawa's Club Carib members as they share the history of this vibrant cultural club.


Club Carib of Oshawa Inc. was founded in January 1966, providing a social medium through which Oshawa’s Caribbean population could meet and share common interests. For 57 years, the club has thrived and offered experiences, such as the Sounds of Steel and Caribbean dancing, for the community to enjoy. Join members of Club Carib as they share the first 50 years of their history.



THE SPIRIT OF HARRIET TUBMAN

Wednesday, February 22, from 1 to 2 p.m.


The Oshawa Public Libraries, in partnership with Libraries of Durham and York Region, present The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. For a breathtaking hour, Leslie McCurdy invokes the “spirit” of Harriet Tubman. You’ll be captivated as Leslie portrays the life of the famous Underground Railroad conductor, recreating stories using words said to have been Harriet Tubman’s own. This event will be followed by a 20-minute live Q & A.

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