Black History Month

Black History Month

Celebrating Black History and Culture

Free Film Night: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, cancerous cells from African-American Henrietta Lacks, led to breakthroughs that changed the face of medicine forever. Starring Oprah Winfrey. Not rated by Ontario Film Board and may be unsuitable for children under 17. Closed captions. Snacks welcome!
Central Library  Thursday, February 1, 7:00–9:00 p.m.


Art Talks with Olex

Join Station Gallery Curator Olex Wlasenko for this dynamic 5-part lecture series at the Central Library every second Thursday in early 2018. Expand your appreciation of art and culture with these popular art talks with the perfect blend of scholarly information, academic influence, humour and approachability.

When our Souls Dream

In celebration of Black History Month, this illustrated art talk will explore the vibrant visual culture of Africa, the Caribbean and their respective diasporic communities around the globe.
Central Library  Thursday, February 8, 7:00 p.m.


Black History Month Panel Discussion

Back to the Future—Reclaiming our Heritage! Presented by the Congress of Black Women of Canada, Ajax/Pickering Chapter, Durham Welcome Centre and Immigrant Services, Culture Expressions Art Gallery Inc., and the Whitby Public Library.
Central Library  Sunday, February 25, 1:00–4:30 p.m.


Karolyn Smardz Frost: Black History Month Author Visit at Central

Karolyn Smardz Frost, author of Steal Away Home and winner of the Governor General’s Award and recently the Mathieu Da Costa Award from the Ontario Black History Society. The author will do a book-talk, Q&A with the audience, and book signing. Paperback copies will be available for purchase at the event.
Central Library  Monday, February 26, 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Hoopla has curated the following collections in honor of Black History Month:




You can discover more organizations and educational resources devoted to the promotion and awareness of Black Canadian history by visiting this Government of Canada webpage: