The purpose and mission of Buxton's Next Generation (BNG) are to engage youth in Buxton and surrounding communities, and to preserve our community's culture. We are committed to enriching our community, as well as promoting and sharing the rich history of the place we call home, allowing others to learn about Buxton and its vital role in shaping both American and Canadian History.
Members of Buxton's Next Generation are actively involved in community development initiatives. During Black History Month 2021, BNG collaborated with the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum to develop Black History Month Youth Activity Boxes. Each box was filled with fun, engaging, and educational activities for youth to learn about Black History near and far throughout the month of February. Monetary donations from Community Living Chatham-Kent, Chatham-Kent Children's Services, and One Vision One Voice helped to make this idea a reality. We host various annual events in our community such as an Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with Santa and we also assist with the planning and hosting of activities during Buxton's Annual Homecoming Celebration, our largest community-wide event.
Our Annual Homecoming Celebration perfectly sums up Buxton's Next Generation, as it represents who we are as a group. The majority of us are direct descendants of enslaved people who came to Canada to seek their freedom. Homecoming is a celebration of that. Every year, people from near and far, whether they have ties to Buxton or not, come "home" to celebrate us as a people and as a community.
The future goals of Buxton's Next Generation are to continue to grow and evolve with new members and a diverse range of events. We have had such strong support, not only in the community of Buxton, but throughout CK, which has been incredible! BNG is always looking to increase our membership. You do not have to be from Buxton to be a member of Buxton's Next Generation. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can get involved by participating in our activities and events or becoming a member.