Mayor Leal to proclaim February as Black History Month

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Peterborough, ON - Mayor Jeff Leal will proclaim February as Black History Month during a Black History Month launch event hosted by the Community Race Relations Committee of Peterborough at the Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N., from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

“Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians in our City,” said Mayor Jeff Leal. “Please join our community as we mark the start of this important month.”

Registration is required to attend the launch event. Please register online through the Community Race Relations Committee.

The Black History Month launch event keynote speaker is Shanique Victoria Edwards, who is the lead researcher for Black Mental Health Canada and a member of Black Mental Health Canada’s circle of leaders. Edwards is a psychotherapist who specializes in racial trauma and BIPOC mental health.

Christine Maclin, who is a local activist and secretary/treasurer for Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, will speak on her personal journey navigating through mental health, self discovery and healing.

Sahira Q, who is a local activist and artist, will also share a speech and performance during the Black History Month launch event.

For updates from the Community Race Relations Committee of Peterborough, follow their Facebook page at facebook.com/racerelationspeterborough.

Black History Month activities

Some examples of Black History Month activities at City of Peterborough facilities and programs in February are shared below.

Peterborough Museum and Archives

Visit the Peterborough Museum and Archives for a children’s craft that recognizes Black History Month as well as children’s books in the Reading Nook. The activities are self guided and available to all at no cost, during the museum’s regular hours. Peterborough Museum and Archives admission is by donation.

Instagram Live conversation

Reem Ali, the City’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor, will be hosting an Instagram LIVE conversation with Patricia Wilson, who is the coordinator of the Community Race Relations Committee and founder of Diverse Nature Collective, starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024. Everyone is invited to tune in at instagram.com/cityptbo. An Instagram account is not required.

Peterborough Public Library

Peterborough Public Library includes diverse voices in its regular library programming and collections throughout the year by selecting diverse authors for story times, book club, book displays and other activities. For Black History Month, it is offering:

February 5-17 - Book displays in both the Children’s and Adult areas – “Celebrate Black Voices”

February 10 – Children’s movie: Hair Love and The Princess and the Frog

February 13 – Film & Discussion: Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

February 15 – Tween Book ClubLook Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

February – Adult Book Club In Person or OnlineBlack Buck by Mateo Askaripour