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Rhythm & Blues: Celebrating Black History Month in Cambridge

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Idea Exchange | Queen's Square

1 North Square

Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6

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Recognize Black History Month in Cambridge with a panel of guest speakers and cultural performances from local artists

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Join us for a special community event in recognition of Black History Month! Hear our panel of special guests and enjoy cultural performances as we collectively reflect on the historical and contemporary struggles and triumphs of Black communities in Waterloo Region. Everyone is welcome to attend this free all-ages event! Complimentary Caribbean food will be served. A children's activity space is available.

Panel: "They Want Our Rhythm but Not Our Blues"

  • Grace Brown – Psychotherapist, Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries
  • Donat Sterling – Child and Youth Worker, St. Mary’s High School
  • Marjorie-Ann Knight – Family Outreach Worker, House of Friendship
  • Victoria Izbitski – Student, St. Benedict’s Catholic High School
  • Moderator: Colleen James, Professor, Conestoga College School of Business.

Performances by:

  • Gerima Harvey
  • Afro Tribal Dancers
  • Shaye Anurukem
  • Joshua Houeto
  • Nathan Teixiera

Thank you to our supporters: City of Cambridge, Idea Exchange, Wellbeing Waterloo Region, KW Multicultural Centre, House of Friendship, Kinbridge Community Association, Heart Beats Hate, and Jn-pierreimagery.

#BlackHistoryCambridge Video Campaign

In addition to the event, we are encouraging members of our community to take part in a video campaign. The #BlackHistoryCambridge video campaign invites residents of Cambridge, and other Waterloo Region communities, to share reflections on the importance of Black History Month. We welcome you to share those reflections both on social media and at the Rhythm and Blues event on Feb 29!

Here is how to take part in the campaign:

1. Create a short 1-2 minute video with your answer to one of these questions:

  • Why is it important to recognize Black history in Canada?
  • What is it like being Black in Cambridge or Waterloo Region?
  • Who or what are your favourite examples of Black excellence in Cambridge or Waterloo Region?
  • What is one thing our community can do to stop racism and discrimination?

2. Share the video! Use the hashtag #BlackHistoryCambridge and tag @thecityofcambridge (Facebook) or @CityofCambridge (Twitter)

3. If you’d like us to show your video at Rhythm & Blues:

  1. Fill out the consent form available at cambridge.ca/StrongerTogether
  2. Email the form to weares@cambridge.ca – within 24 hours you’ll receive a link to a secure site to upload your video
  3. Upload your video no later than February 24, 2020 at 5:00p.m.

If you have any questions about this campaign, please contact Sue Weare, Diversity Coordinator at weares@cambridge.ca or 519-740-4680 x4767

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Idea Exchange | Queen's Square

1 North Square

Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6

Canada

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