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City of Brampton celebrates Black History Month


BRAMPTON, ON (January 28, 2022) – During the month of February, the City of Brampton celebrates Black History Month and honours the many contributions and achievements of the Black community in Brampton who, throughout history, have done so much to make Brampton the livable, compassionate and prosperous city it is today. The month of February will be filled with both in-person and online events.

Black History Month Flag Raising
Ken Whillans Square
February 1, 12 pm

The Pan-African Flag will be raised to signify the start of the month and remain for the entire month of February.

Black Business Artisan Market – Reveiller Afriq
Bramalea City Centre
February 1 - 28, 10 am – 8 pm
Support local Black-owned businesses, makers and artisans at this two-day in-person market experience, in partnership with Bramalea City Centre. Find the pop-up on the second floor, enter at the Best Buy entrance.

Weekly Performance Series
Tuesday nights, 8 – 10 pm
rosetheatre.ca
Enjoy an entertaining online performance series to celebrate Black History every Tuesday night all month long. Performances will be livestreamed from the Rose Theatre stage.
  • February 1: DJ Versus Battle featuring DJ Allan and DJWHATSNEXT
  • February 8: Live performance curated by Off the Record with Shade Waheed
  • February 15: A performance with Des McKenzie in partnership with ACCIDA
  • February 22: A performance with Travis Knights in partnership with ACCIDA

Weekly Lunch‘n’Learns
Every Wednesday, 12 – 1 pm

Join MOYO Health & Community Services for a weekly educational session. Topics include:
• February 2: Introduction to ABR, Intersectionality, Power & Privilege,
• February 9: Supporting Black Women
• February 16: Supporting Black 2SLGBTQ+ Individuals
• February 23: Celebrating Black Excellence

 
Black History Month Experience Box
Returning this year is the popular Experience Box. These limited edition, curated gift boxes feature products and services from local Black-owned businesses. All boxes will include:
Boxes will be delivered to the first 50 people who make a charitable donation of at least $20 to Restoration and Empowerment for Social Transition or (R.E.S.T.), a Black-empowering organization.

Wellness Moments
Join Brampton native and acclaimed yoga instructor Matthew Bonas for weekly wellness moments including couples fitness and yoga. New class available each week.

Black Artists Live Here Digital Exhibition
Garden Square
Presented by ACCIDA

The Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA) presents Black Artists Live Here, a PIXEL Digital Screen Exhibition on the 24' LED screen in Garden Square featuring the work of eight local artists, creatives and collectives from February until May 2022.

Thank you to the event sponsors Algoma University, Brampton Real Estate Board and Sun Life for their generous support.

For more information on the Black History Month events, brampton.ca/bhm2022



Quotes
“Join us in celebrating Black History Month to recognize and honour the important work, talent and contributions of Members of the Black community in Brampton. Brampton’s cultural diversity is what makes this city so special, and it’s important that we acknowledge our history and community so we can continue to grow and flourish as a city.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“The Black community in Brampton is an important part of our city’s vibrant mosaic and local identity. I encourage everyone to learn more about the Black culture we have in this great city and to join us in celebrating Black History Month. It’s through educating ourselves and connecting as a community that we will set ourselves up for an even stronger city in the future.”
- Charmaine Williams, City Councillor, Wards 7 & 8, City of Brampton

"Black History Month is an annual reminder of the significant roles the Black community in Brampton has in our vibrant city and economic landscape. I am pleased that the City of Brampton is part of the promotion of these achievements to recognize the long standing support of the Black community. Join us all month long to learn, connect and celebrate.”
- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

“Brampton is truly a mosaic whose bounty of culture, innovation, diversity and talent is a wonderful example of a global village that uplifts and celebrates each other’s uniqueness and contributions. It’s so important to celebrate Black History Month to educate the younger generations, and bring awareness to the many contributions the Black community has given to Canada over the decades.”
- Michele Byrne, Manager, Equity Office





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