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Black History Month

Hosted by the City of Brampton

Throughout the month of February, the City of Brampton honours the many achievements and contributions of the Black community who throughout history have contributed so much to make Brampton the vibrant, compassionate and prosperous city it is today​.

Throughout February, celebrate Black History Month with a series of City-led events, community activities and educational programming.

Pan-African Flag Raising & Proclamation

Community Flag Raising

Thursday, February 1, 2024 

4 to 4:30 PM 

Brampton City Hall

A formal proclamation will be read at the January 24 City Council Meeting.


Signature Event: Honouring 100 Black Community Builders and Champions

Thursday, February 1, 2024

5 to 9:30 pm

The Rose Theatre

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society. 

The General Assembly proclaimed the theme for the International Decade “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.” 

In keeping with this theme and acknowledging the final year of this proclamation, the City of Brampton presents a signatory event in support of our commitment to the upliftment of the Economic, Social, Cultural & Youth of Brampton’s Black communities representing all people of African descent. 

Experience a special screening of Steadfast: The Jean Augustine Story, followed by insights from the trailblazer who made history as the first African Canadian woman elected to the House of Commons, The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine.  

The evening will feature a special Mayor’s award presentation that will honour 100 Community Builders and Champions from the Black community.   

Community members that will be honoured include: 

  • Dr. Rhonda McEwen, President of Victoria University, University of Toronto

  • Royson James, Award Winning Journalist
  • Honorable Zanana Akande
  • Peter Sloly, Community leader and CEO, Sloly Solutions Inc.
  • Angela Carter, Roots Community Services Inc.
  • Nosa Ero-Brown, Chief Talent Officer and Associate Deputy Minister, Ontario Government
  • Pastor Rob, Kingdom House
  • Tania Meikle, Kingdom House
  • Robert Small, Order of Canada
  • Erika Alexander, Representative of Hon Lincoln Alexander History
  • Kirk Mark, Community Leader, Education & Equity Specialist
  • Dr. Winston LaRose
  • Kathy Grant, Black Canadian Veterans Historian
  • Quammie Williams, Community Leader and Activist
  • Ginelle Skerritt, CEO, York Region Children’s Aid Society, Community Leader
  • Rosemary Sadlier, Past President, Ontario Black History Society
  • Kathy McDonald, Trustee, Peel District School Board 
  • Orlando Bowen, One Voice One Team
  • Black Inventors Museum
  • Ontario Black History Society
  • David Mitchell
  • Robert Small, Order of Canada
  • Patricia DeGuire, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Donovan Bailey, Olympic Gold Medalist​ 
  • Liberty Silver, JUNO and Grammy award-winning artist
  • Randy Reid, General Manager, Flow 98.7FM
  • Jay Martin, Comedian
  • Richard Sharpe
  • Sherry Lee Crawford 

The City thanks its generous sponsors, Algoma University and Toronto Pearson


Brampton On Stage Performances

Celebrate Black History Month with Brampton On Stage: 

  • February 2 at The Rose: Solid Gold – An Evening with Tynomi Banks   

  • February 2 at Cyril Clark: Pimento Featuring King Cosmos: Celebrating the Music of Harry Belafonte  

  • February 3 at The Rose Studio: Stand-Up Stitches curated by Keesha Brownie   

  • February 15 at LBP: Kandace Springs   

  • February 16 at The Rose Studio: HYPE curated by Jemane Kent   

  • February 17 at LBP: The Jay Martin Comedy Series featuring Nick Reynoldson and Ms. B 

  • February 22 at The Rose: Flavours & Vibes - Jesse Royal Live in Concert 

Learn more and buy tickets at Brampton On Stage


 

The Legacy Lives On, The Work Continues 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre, 150 Central Park Dr, Brampton, ON L6T 1B4 

6 to 9 PM 

A community conversation to discuss where we are now and where we need to go. 


Brampton Fire and Emergency Services 

To honour the many achievements and contributions of the Black community, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) will have once again, for the second year, a dedicated in-service fire truck—wrapped to honour Black History Month, educate, and raise awareness. This dedicated fire truck symbolizes the many contributions and achievements made by the Black community that helped shape the international fire service. The truck will be at:

  • Station 207 (75 Vodden Street) from February 2 to 17
  • Station 204 (657 Queen Street W) from February 18 to 29

Brampton Library   

Join Brampton Library throughout February in eight branches and online for free programs and events featuring self-care and wellness for Black community members, success stories from Black-owned businesses, and author visits. Click here ​to register. Discover recommended books and other resources to learn about Black history anytime at www.bramptonlibrary.ca. 


Brampton’s Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit 

In 2020, City Council approved a Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit. Lead by Senior Advisor, Gwyneth Chapman, the Unit will support and lead the establishment of the unit and develop its action plan on eradicating systemic anti-Black racism in Brampton. Guided by local community stakeholders, work will be centered on uplifting the social, cultural, and economic position of Brampton’s Black community. City of Brampton | Equity Office | Equity Office​​​​​​​​​

Event Date Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Event Contact/Host BEU@brampton.ca
Event Contact/Host's Email BEU@brampton.ca