Black History Month celebrated Saturday in Ajax

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Published February 3, 2023 at 10:35 am

The longest running free Black History Month event in Durham celebrates its 16th anniversary Saturday.

Cultural Expressions Art Gallery in Pickering Village will honour Black culture and the diversity of the Black experience at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax Saturday with the Durham Black History Month Celebration, with virtual programming following on Sunday.

This year’s theme, FOCUS, invites the community to look at the Black History and Black History-Makers right here at home. As the news release from the organizers noted, “the people to inspire us, the resources we need to grow, and the networks that can lift us are all in our backyard.”

Community networking will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by performances by local artists, presentation of the annual Madiba Award and a keynote presentation in the school’s auditorium.

Educational content, including the series Did You Know, will be live streamed Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.

This year’s partners for the event include Elexicon Energy, Durham Children’s Aid Foundation, Durham District School Board, Durham Catholic District School Board, Congress of Black Women (Ajax/Pickering, Oshawa/Whitby) and Durham Black Coalition, as well as sponsors Ajax Public Library and Rotary Ajax.

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