Black History Month celebrated at The Reach

Event on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Abbotsford gallery museum

The Cool Runnings band is among the features of the Black History Month celebration at The Reach on Feb. 20.

The Cool Runnings band is among the features of the Black History Month celebration at The Reach on Feb. 20.

A Black History Month celebration takes place Saturday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford (32388 Veterans Way).

The event features the significant cultural, social and political contributions made by Black-Canadians. The event is presented by The Reach, Abbotsford Community Services and many individual partners in the community.

“To understand what a Black-Canadian is, and our history in Canada, it is best to understand the word ‘black’ from a Canadian context,” says Marc Forcier, digitization assistant at The Reach and member of the Black History Month celebration planning committee.

“In Canada, we have African-Canadians, Guyanese-Canadians, Haitian-Canadians, Jamaican-Canadians, Barbadian-Canadians, and so on and so forth. Yes, we are black, but our blackness is diverse, and it is from this diversity that a Black-Canadian narrative will continue to be written.”

The event includes live music, kids’ activities, a fashion show, dancing, and guest speakers. Admission is free.

Visit the reach.ca or call 604-864-8087 (ext. 127) for more information.

 

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