Black History Celebration & Education provides the opportunity for Aurorans to recognize the achievements and contributions made by Black Canadians, which have helped shape Canada into the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.

Each year, the Town of Aurora collaborates with a local organization, Aurora Black Community, to highlight the contributions of Aurora’s Black community.  To experience and participate in the full range of events and programs, please visit www.aurorablackcommunity.com or Aurora Black Community Facebook page, open to everyone.

The Aurora Black Community Association has been a source of inspiration, celebration and resources for all residents who wish to come together as a community and celebrate the diverse cultures of Aurora. 

Led by Aurora resident and Entrepreneur Phiona Durrant, Rebekah Murdoch, and an incredible Board, the association organizes events and activities throughout the Town of Aurora during the month of February and throughout the year, to celebrate Black History Month and promote cultural awareness.

JOIN US FOR THE OFFICAL LAUNCH OF THE AURORA BLACK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12,2021

Aurora Black Community Launch 2.0

 

Aurora Black Community inauguration celebration will include live entertainment, Caribbean Food truck, refreshments, speeches, recognitions, games, and much more for the whole family! FREE ADMISSION!

It is with great honour that we invite you to the official launch on, September 12, 2021 at 5:30pm to 7:30 P.M.

ABC believes that the involvement of authentic leaders, allyship, and the entire community can reinforce the value in organizations by helping our community to grow and develop through their recognition and support for diversity, equity, inclusion and love for all people.

Since inception, through our vision we have created a space where questions and conversations can happen safely, respectfully, and where voices and eclectic point of views are heard and acted upon.

We provide practical support, programs, resources and education to our community. We looking forward to doing so much more.

 

When: September 12, 2021

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: Aurora Town Park

RSVP

 

Youth Art Winners!

Youth Art Winners!

Call for Youth ArtCall for Youth Art
First Place - Hana W. Second Place - Emma R.
Photo Gallery: Call for Youth Art will appear here on the public site.

 

Aurora Black Community and the Aurora Museum & Archives collaborated to create a Call for Youth Artwork in support of our inaugural Black History Month celebrations.

Youth in our community were encouraged to create works of art celebrating diversity and Black excellence through a variety of mediums including visual art, poetry, spoken word, music, dance and digital or media arts.

Thank you to all who submitted great pieces or art.

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2021 Event Schedule

Tuesday, February 2

Aurora Town Hall

Black History Month Proclamation

The Mayor and Members of Council proudly approved the Black History Month Proclamation, which formally expresses the importance of celebrating Black History Month as a Town. 

Time:       7 p.m. 

Location: Online, Town of Aurora General Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 3

Karen Burke

Gospel Music: a Canadian Perspective

Explore how gospel music continues to have a vibrant presence in Canada and is in the DNA of popular music.

Presentation, Q&A, with Professor Karen Burke, Department of Music. In collaboration with The Scholars' Hub @ Home Speaker Series.

All welcome! You do not have to be a student or alumni of York to attend.

This event is made possible by York University, The Scholars' Hub at Home Speaker Series, and the Aurora Public Library. 

Time:      12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. 

Location: Online, Register through York University

Thursday, February 4


Picture of people who used the underground railroad
Highlights of Canadian Black History

This event will highlight prominent Black Canadians, based in Ontario, from the past right up to present day. Join us to discover some familiar and some not-so-familiar Black Canadians who have been integral to our culture, whether it was through acting, art, music, or food.

Time:      11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page or watch the livestream on YouTube

 


 

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Presenting Dr. Cheryl Thomson

Dr. Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University in the School of Creative Industries. She is the author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada's Black Beauty Culture and Uncle: Race, Nostalgia and the Politics of Loyalty.

This event is made possible by the Canadian Council for the Arts, The Writers' Union of Canada, and the Aurora Public Library. 

Time:      7 p.m. 

Location: Online, Register for the event

Friday, February 5

 

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Cooking Demonstration - The Culinary Traveller 

Travel through the Caribbean and land in Barbados where we learn to prepare Pelau, a hearty one-pot rice dish. Led by Chef Maxine.

In partnership with York Region Food Network.

This event is made possible by the York Region Food Network, Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Aurora Public Library. 

Time:       10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Online, Register for the event

Saturday, February 6

 

Front cover of movie called Self Made. A woman portrait of a womanLive Review and Discussion – Self Made (2020)

In association with the Aurora Film Circuit, Aurora Black Community has partnered with the Steering Committee Chair, Nelia Pacheco, and Town of Aurora Councillor, Sandra Humfryes to curate a series of films with the objective of providing historical accuracy, education and fair representation of Black culture. The focus of these discussions is to educate, bring cultural awareness, identify unconscious biases, examine cultural differences, and much more.  

Join us tonight for a live review and discussion of the first episode of Self Made (2020), a mini-series that is inspired by the true story of African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker who began her life as a child of former slaves and went on to build a haircare empire that made her America’s first female self-made millionaire. If you haven’t had a chance to see the show, please watch it ahead of time on Netflix.  

Time:       7 p.m. 

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page or watch the livestream on YouTube

Tuesday, February 9

Community Member SpotlightTrureal Logo

Appreciation and recognition encourage participation and growth. Each week, one person from the community will be highlighted as part of our Black History Month Celebration.

Thank you to the Trureal organization, and CEO Horace Thomas, for supporting the Community Recognition Spotlights.

Time:       10 a.m.

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page

Thursday, February 11

cooked chickenCooking Demonstration - Black History Food Celebration

Aurora Black Community has a vision of bringing people together over food. The expression “breaking bread” means more than just eating; it is sharing a sense of brotherhood, with someone or a group of people. When sharing a plate of food with a stranger, you always find out more about yourself. Food provides the perfect comfort-zone to bring unity and bridge cultures while allowing us to connect with others who do not look like us or speak like us. During this live cooking demonstration, you will learn cooking tips and food preparation tricks that are prominent in local Black cultures, explore local grocery stores selections and learn about local Black Restaurants. There will be grocery gift basket giveaways and more!  

Time:       6:30 p.m.

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook                            Page or watch the livestream on YouTube

Friday, February 12

Guest Speaker HeadshotLegacy Transfer & Financial Literacy

Everyone should know how to manage their debts and save money. Black communities play an essential role in the economy, but in comparison to other cultures, many struggle with financial wellness. Join us for these financial education sessions that identify gaps, provide solutions, and share strategies to overcome barriers in the areas of mortgages, investments, life Insurance, business insurance, savings, debts, credit history, and much more. 

Guest Speakers: Calvin Chan, Jeff Eddos, Kim Leacock-Ambrose and Jonathan Ho, Client Manager, Group Underwriting, National Accounts, Sun Life

Time:       10 a.m.

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page or watch the livestream on YouTube

Tuesday, February 16


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Community Member Spotlight

Appreciation and recognition encourage participation and growth. Each week, one person from the community will be highlighted as part of our Black History Month Celebration.

Thank you to the Trureal organization, and CEO Horace Thomas, for supporting the Community Recognition Spotlights. 

Time:       1 p.m.

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page 

 

Thursday, February 18

Black woman looking standing in front of the White HouseLive Review and Discussion- Miss Virginia (2019)

In association with the Aurora Film Circuit, Aurora Black Community has partnered with the Steering Committee Chair, Nelia Pacheco, and Town of Aurora Councillor, Sandra Humfryes to curate a series of films with the objective of providing historical accuracy, education and fair representation of Black culture. The focus of these discussions is to educate, bring cultural awareness, identify unconscious biases, examine cultural differences, and much more. 

Join us this evening for a live review and discussion of Miss Virginia (2019), based on the true story of a Washington D.C mother who fights for the best education for her son, and all inner-city families, by advocating for federally funded scholarships for low-income children to attend private schools. If you haven’t had a chance to see the film, please watch it ahead of time on Netflix. 

Time:       7 p.m.

Location:  Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page

Friday, February 19

Hadriana LeoLegacy Transfer & Financial Literacy

Everyone should know how to manage their debts and save money. Black communities play an essential role in the economy, but in comparison to other cultures, many struggle with financial wellness. Join us for these financial education sessions that identify gaps, provide solutions, and share strategies to overcome barriers in the areas of mortgages, investments, life Insurance, business insurance, savings, debts, credit history, and much more. 

Guest Speakers: Terrence Yuen of (Learnez.ca), Hadriana Leo of (Hadrianaleo.com) and Keisha Telfer, Transitions Realty Inc., Brokerage.

Time:                  10 a.m.

Location:            Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page or watch the livestream                                 on YouTube

Saturday, February 20


Trureal Logo
Community Member Spotlight

Appreciation and recognition encourage participation and growth. Each week, one person from the community will be highlighted as part of our Black History Month Celebration.

Thank you to the Trureal organization, and CEO Horace Thomas, for supporting the Community Recognition Spotlights. 

Time:       6 p.m.

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page

Sunday, February 21

Picture of Nina SimoneLive Review and Discussion - What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

In association with the Aurora Film Circuit, Aurora Black Community has partnered with the Steering Committee Chair, Nelia Pacheco, and Town of Aurora Councillor, Sandra Humfryes to curate a series of films with the objective of providing historical accuracy, education and fair representation of Black culture. The focus of these discussions is to educate, bring cultural awareness, identify unconscious biases, examine cultural differences, and much more. 

Join us for a live review and discussion of What Happened, Miss Simone (2015), a documentary that chronicles the life of Nina Simone. If you haven’t had a chance to see the film, please watch it ahead of time on Netflix. 

Time:       3:30 p.m.

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page or watch the livestream                                  on YouTube

Friday, February 26

Karen CarringtonDiscussion - Racialized Stigmas & Mindset

This workshop will focus on understanding the importance of our mindset when dealing with racism and stigma, the importance of forgiveness and love, and the importance of being intentional about our attitude and choices. Nelson Mandela says, “May your choice reflect your hope not your fear.”

Guest Speakers: Karen Carrington, Talk Show Host, Mental health Advocate & Author. 

Jennifer, single mom from Aurora with a young adult son who has Down syndrome

Time:       6 p.m.

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page or watch the livestream on YouTube

Saturday, February 27

Image of womenWrap-up Event

Thank you for taking this journey into Black History with us, it was truly amazing! Join us for our wrap up celebration featuring, prizes, giveaways, music, and for more information about our Call for Youth Artwork. 

Time:       6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Online, Aurora Black Community Facebook Page or watch the livestream on YouTube

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What is Black History Month?

Although the celebration of Black achievement in Canada dates back to the 1920s, it wasn’t until 1995 when Black History Month was officially recognized in Canada after a motion was introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament. For more information please visit Black History Month in Canada.

How do I participate as a Black History Month activity organizer?

If you are interested in having your event included in the Aurora event listing please email us.

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