Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc. will present its 10th annual black history month event, Together, One Canada. Strong!, on February 4 at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, Ajax, Ontario. Starting from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the event will also include a networking session, information booths, (with community, service, arts, health, and business organisations) and cultural food samplings.
This free event is open to the public and boasts an exceptional line up of talent including key note speaker, Emmanuel Jal, a South Sudanese-Canadian musician, actor, former child soldier, political activist and former refugee. Jal has also performed for Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and at the G20 and the UN. Electric performances by COBA (Collective of Black Artists) will also grace the stage with traditional West African dance, music and folklore as well as Caribbean indigenous folk dance and music in their purest forms. Finally, youth ensemble, NGOMA, will deliver a dynamic presentation of drum pieces that educate, honour and embrace the beauty of African history.
Cultural Expressions Black History Month Celebration is supported by the Town of Ajax, the Congress of Black Women (Ajax/Pickering), Durham District School Board and the Durham Black Educators’ Network.
The House of Commons of Canada unanimously passed a motion on December 5, 1995, and the first national declaration of Black History Month in Canada went into effect in February 1996. Every February since, is now declared Black History Month in Canada.