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(L-R) Hewburn Greenridge [MD/1920], Lindley Abdulah, George St-Pierre Brooks, Tom Casey [BA/52, MD/57], Horace Patterson.

U of M celebrates Black History Month

Register for campus events February 5 and 26

January 30, 2020 — 

February is Black History Month in Canada. During this time, we honour the richness and diversity of the achievements and contributions of Blacks in Canada and around the world. We also reflect on the issues and difficulties that we faced, and continue to face within the Black community.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at large are invited to attend a number of initiatives and events to honour Black History Month on campus.

In celebration of BHM on campus, we will see:

  • Featured meals each week at Degrees Restaurant highlighting food from the Caribbean and Africa – 3rd Floor University Centre
  • Special menu items featuring North, South, East and West Africa at AFV Kitchen (Afro Food Vineyard) – Campo University Centre
  • Select works from Black Canadian authors at the Bookstore in University Centre


Discussions about Black history and influencing the Canadian landscape

Where Do We Go From Here

On February 26, Dr. Cary Miller, native studies department head, along with Valerie Williams, equity, diversity and inclusion facilitator, will be facilitating a conversation titled, Where Do We Go From Here. The discussion will include suggestions for continuing the work of anti-racism; exploring the successes and challenges of implementing the strategies; and defining individual and collective follow-up actions.

Date: Wednesday February 26, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Room 141, Education Building

Past events

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s presentation, “White Fragility” on February 6 or read her book before attending this conversation.

Where we live now: Black liberation struggles and the university as white property

The University of Manitoba has partnered with Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association (MEEPA) to offer a speaking event titled, Where we live now: Black liberation struggles and the university as white property, led by Dr. Delia Douglas, anti-racism practice lead, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

Date: Wednesday February 5, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Marshall McLuhan Hall (UMSU University Centre)

“I am honoured at the opportunity to participate in the UM Black History Month Event as a keynote speaker, says Dr. Douglas. “In the context of dispossession, enslavement, ongoing settler colonial projects, and black freedom struggles, I offer a meditation on blackness and anti-black racism as a gesture towards building relationships and building solidarity.”

UM Black Alliance (UMBA)

UM Black Alliance (UMBA) has been formed to coordinate and promote Black History Month events; address challenges and continue to honour and remember the important history, people and experiences of Black communities in February and throughout the year.

Anyone interested in joining may contact Wilfred Sam-King at


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