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Honouring Black History in Alberta

February 01, 2023

Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. The prairies have a rich history of Black Canadians who helped establish the agriculture industry, right here in Alberta. 

Black History Month is a time for us to come together to reflect on the past. To understand where we came from in order to provide us with opportunities to learn and grow so that we can create a more equitable and inclusive future. 

It is a time for us to come together as a community to honour the contributions, achievements, and lived experiences of Black Canadians. We encourage all members of the Olds College community to take time to collectively listen, engage, and learn about Black Canadian histories and the cultures of newcomers, which greatly contribute to our society.

Black History on the Prairies Discussion Series

Visit the interactive display in the Learning Commons with recommended readings and to explore the CBC: Black on the Prairies platform.



Virtual Events:

The Importance of Black Canadian History in the age of #BlackLivesMatter

Wed, Feb 15 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Virtual

A virtual presentation with Calgary Public Library's Black History Month Historian, Bashir Mohamed. Discover key figures in Alberta's Black civil rights history and make connections to today's Black Lives Matter movement. Discover online research tools that you can use to find Black stories and history to support your classroom teaching, your schoolwork and your kitchen table conversations.

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An Evening to Honour Ted King: Patricia Irvine and Bashir Mohamed in Conversation

Sun, Feb. 26 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Virtual

In recognition of Black History Month, Calgary Public Library's Black History Month Historian, Bashir Mohamed, will share his research behind prominent Alberta civil rights activist, Ted King. Join in on a conversation between Bashir and Ted's niece, Patricia Irvine, discussing Ted and his legacy. 

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