Yay, it’s the time of the year to celebrate Black History Month with your friends and family. Although, it should be a yearly event, I believe it is important to stop, appreciate and educate ourselves about the history black people and culture in Canada. Taking the time to gather together to commemorate and learn about the accomplishments of famous Afro-Americans, Afro-Canadians, Africans or just anyone who contributed to the well-being of humanity is important.

Here in Montreal, we are very lucky to have The Round Table of Black History Month to set up a platform, in which  specific activities  are put together to showcase the social, cultural, educational, institutional, and economic challenges faced by Black communities.

Here are the 5 MUST DO ACTIVITIES of the month :

 1 ) Phantom of the Museum – Marie-Josephe-Angélique


When : February 13 and 21

Where : Musée de la femme

What : Discover the story of Marie-Josephe-Angélique who, in 1734, became the only Black slave to be executed in New France.

Cost : FREE

2) The Angelou Project

Maya Angelou Project

When : February 3rd

Where : Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

What : A vocal jazz show performed by Helena Allan who offers up a contemporary tribute to Maya Angelou, an important figure in the African-American literature of the 50s and 60s.

Cost : $2

“Still I Rise” – Black Theatre Workshop

When : February 20th

Where : Universal Negro Improvement Association

What : An evening of artistic performances in recognition and celebration of Black History Month. “Still I Rise” is an evening of artistic gestures and performances based on the multiple meanings of Black resistance and achievement embodied in the poetry of Maya Angelou.

Cost : Info

3 ) Édouard Glissant


When : February 1st to 14th

Where : Espace Mushagalusa

What : The exhibition will be held from February 1st to 14th at Espace Mushagalusa.
30 young people, aged between 14 and 17, are expected for the evening, so that they can discuss with the artists. A non-alcoholic cocktail and some finger food will be served.

Cost : Info

4) Fro 2015 – Opening Ceremony with Dead Prez’s truth-speaking M1

When : February 1st

Where : La grande bibliothèque de Montréal

What : 3rd edition FRO festival Festival Fro’s 3rd Edition will be launched with a socially-conscious rap performance by Dead Prez’s truth-speaking M1, whose rhymes have inspired a new introspection in black youth on matters of identity and our communities’ social issues and challenges.

Cost :  $ 12 – Info

5 ) Have Fingers, Will Travel: A Tribute to Oliver Jones

Have Fingers, Will Travel: A Tribute to Oliver Jones

When : during February

Where : Hôtel de Ville de Montréal

What : Featuring a historical component, the exhibition will be presented on two occasions: in February at Montreal City Hall

Cost :  FREE

6) Kanaval Kanpe

Kanaval Kanpe

When : February 20

Where : SAT (Société des arts technologiques)

What : Do not miss out on winter’s hottest event: Kanaval KANPE’s 3rd edition. Featuring DJ Windows 98 (Arcade Fire’s Win Butler), Poirier and Fwonte alongside Sandy Duperval, rara dancing, as well as percussionists and kompa artists.

Cost :  $40 – Info

 7) Miss Africa Montreal And Gala Umfazi

miss afrique

When : February 7

Where : Place des Arts

What : UMFAZI Gala is a unique and beguiling showcase of various performances of Caribbean and African inspiration. Come meet and support our 2015 finalists. UMFAZI Gala is the ultimate gathering of our diaspora and all art lovers.

Cost :  $40 Presale: $35 – Info

8) Collective Exhibition: The Inheritors

Collective Exhibition: The Inheritors

When : February 17

Where : Espace Mushagalusa

What : Vernissage: banding together under the name of The Inheritors, Montreal artists Kevin Calixte, Maliciouz and Séadé share their personal visions of the word “heritage.”

Cost :  FREE – Info

9) American Violet

american violet

When : February 20

Where : Youth in Motion

What : Movie screening and dinner conference to pay tribute to Black History Month and the 20th anniversary of Youth in Motion/Association des jeunes de la Petite-Bourgogne.

Cost :  FREE – Info

10 ) 2015 AFPRO Entrepreneurship & Leadership Expo


When : February 28

Where : D.B Clark Theatre Concordia

What : The mission of the AFPRO Network is to promote entrepreneurship within the black community and to provide support, information, training in entrepreneurship and mentorship to potential and existing business owners of all ages.

Cost :  regular price: $30.00  Student: $22.00 Presale: $22.00 – Info


Visit → Black History Month  to download the full program.

 Educate Yourself, Entertain Yourself !

Source : www.moishistoiredesnoirs.com

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