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Campus groups celebrate Black History Month


The Ban Righ Centre is reaching out to youth in the Kingston community as part of Black History Month.

“I think it’s important that young people understand the importance of Black History Month,” says Gamila Abdalla, a student advisor at the Ban Righ Centre. “We have partnered with Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) the past several years to foster a discussion about the issues young black people encounter.”

This year the Ban Righ Centre and ISKA will present A Girl Like Me, a brief documentary that explores the standards of beauty imposed on black girls. Stephanie Simpson, Associate Director, Queen’s Human Rights Office, will facilitate a discussion following the film where male and female youth can share their experiences.

Queen’s Coalition against Racial and Ethnic Discrimination (QCRED), the African and Caribbean Students Association (ACSA), Queen’s Coalition of Black Intellectuals (QCBI), CFRC Radio and Levana Gender Advocacy Centre will host several Black History Month events throughout February. Queen’s Archives will highlight stories of Kingston’s black citizens over the next few weeks on the Stones Kingston website.

List of events:

Ban Righ Centre and ISKA Film Screening
Tuesday February 7 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 873 Princess Street Suite 500-501
A Girl Like Me
by Kiri Davis.
Light supper will be served. Space is limited. Call Gamila Abdalla at (613) 533-6000 ext. 78119

QCRED’s Each One Teach One
Thursday February 9, 6:30-9:30 pm, John Deutsch University Centre Room 343
An informal discussion about experiences of racialized members of the Queen’s community. The topic for discussion is “Deconstructing Black History Month.” Free pizza will be served.

Panel discussion on black identity
Friday February 10, 6 pm, Ellis Hall Auditorium
History professor Barrington Walker, graduate student Gosia K. Malolepsza and many more will discuss black identity from pre-colonial times to now.

African Cup of Nations soccer final
Sunday February 12, 2 pm, Queen’s Pub
Join fellow sports enthusiasts to watch the finals of the African Cup of Nations.

Forgotten Black Heroes
Monday February 13-Saturday February 18, lower ceilidh of JDUC.
A display of information and interesting facts about influential black leaders.

QCRED Speaker Event
Monday February 13, Details TBA
Music workshop and talk with Faith Nolan. The theme is centred on African-Canadian history and heritage.

OPIRG and CFRC present Black History Month event with Anne-Marie Woods
Tuesday, February 14, Details TBA

The Levana Gender Advocacy Feminist Reading Group
Tuesday February 28, 6:30-9:30 pm, Kingston Frontenac Public Library main branch (130 Johnson Street)
Join members of the group as they read and discuss Angela Davis- an Autobiography.

CFRC Radio Programming
Tuesday February 28, all day
Tune into CFRC 101.9 FM for interviews, spoken word and music. Interviews will be centered on the prison industrial complex and how it affects racialized people.

Wine and cheese
Wednesday, February 29, 7 pm, McLaughlin Room, JDUC
A formal celebration. Invitees include black professors and staff at Queen’s. The evening will end with spoken word and poetry performances.

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