Black History Month
Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month celebrations that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.
Canadians take this time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have helped to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation that it is today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and their vital role in the community.
The Chatham-Kent community, in particular, is home to some of the richest Black History in the entire nation. Many local organizations and groups host opportunities for both Chatham-Kent residents and visitors to the area to take part in throughout the month of February.
Click on the thumbnails below for more information on local Black History Month events happening throughout Chatham-Kent.
Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society
On February 18th at 1pm join The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society in the Black Mecca Museum for their FREE 2017 Black History Month Program.
Please RSVP by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details to follow as they become available.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Celebrate Black History over a delicious Soul Food Dinner with Brenda and Steven from Dresden's own Uncles Tom's Cabin!
The Lunch & Learn will take place on February 3rd at Leila's Legacy.
Reservations are required call 519-683-1575
Chatham-Kent Public Libraries
Celebrate Black History Month at Chatham-Kent Public Library.
Visit the Chatham Branch Children’s Room on Friday, February 3 at 10:30 am for a special presentation by the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society.
Come and hear the story of Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, see a replica of the box, and learn more about Chatham’s unique role in the road to freedom.
To find out more about programs offered at Chatham-Kent Public Library, visit www.ckpl.ca.
Chatham Capitol Theatre
The Chatham Capitol Theatre will be screening Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00PM. Ticket prices are $5 cash at the door, or, you can "Flash Your Pass". Read more about the film, here.
It's about life. It's about love. It's about us.
Buxton National Historic Site & Museum
The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum is hosting their program, "The Sounds of Buxton" on Sunday, February 26th @ 3pm at the North Buxton Community Church. This program will be jointly presented by Buxton’s Next Generation and the museum.
Find out more about Black history in Chatham-Kent. VisitCK and take part in the Underground Railroad Tour , which includes stops at the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society/BME Freedom Park.