University marking Black History Month virtually with panel discussions and a keynote speech

This year, the theme is: February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day

Algoma University is once again hosting a series of virtual events in celebration of Black History Month. This year, the theme is February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day.

“Black History Month celebrates the many contributions Black people have made and continue to make in the world,” said Mary Wabano-McKay, Niiyaagaaniid vice-president Anishinabe initiatives and student success on a web page promoting the events. “It also acknowledges the atrocities Black people have endured and overcome in our history, and provokes us to reflect on our own humanity.”

On Feb. 18, the university is hosting a panel discussion with the topic name The Intersections of Blackness, Indigeneity and Colonial Histories. Panelists include Dr. George Dei, Dr. Esther Ojulari and Dr. Tamari Kitossa.

The university’s main event for Black History Month will be held on Feb. 25 with a keynote speech by Dr. Dave Nanang with a topic of Fostering Black Flourishing, Inclusive Excellence and Mutual Community Engagement.

On March 18, a panel discussion titled Theorizing Transnational Blackness, Indigeneity and Colonial Histories in Canada will be held with panelists Dr. Valerie Borum and Dr. Ann Lopez.

“This inaugural Black History Month reminds us of the work we have still to do within society, in ourselves and here at Algoma University,” said Wabano-McKay. “It is timely as the university carefully considers its work in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion across the university.”

In addition to the events, the university offered other suggestions on how to participate during Black History Month, including listening to educational podcasts, events like the Toronto Black Film Festival and volunteering for and donating to Black charity initiatives.

For more information on the university’s Black History Month events click here.

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