Queen’s University Celebrates Black History Month

Published on: 2011/02/03 - in Releases
Robert Sutherland Hall at Queen's University

Queen’s University history is full of people who have made a significant impact on their community.

Robert Sutherland, Karl Bennett and Alfred Pierce are three such individuals who are being recognized this month as part of the African and Caribbean Students’ Association (ACSA)’s Black History Month celebrations.

Starting February 3, students, faculty and staff can participate in a variety of events to celebrate the cultural backgrounds and accomplishments of individuals such as these. Whether it’s for education, supporting a good cause, participating in a workshop, or attending a concert, there are many ways to be involved.

“The events are meant to educate, celebrate and remind the Queen’s community of important figures and events, and the roles they played in attaining and maintaining freedom in many parts of the world today,” says Jaimmie Riley, ACSA’s Educational Officer.

This year, the ASCA is working to show the Queen’s and Kingston community that “Black History is Everyone’s History”, and how this shapes and informs society as a whole.

A panel discussion next week on Canada’s immigration policy aims to encourage dialogue about Canada’s attitude toward immigrants as reflected through public policy decisions and the experiences of immigrants.

“Immigration is an issue that concerns each and every person living within Canada’s national boundaries,” says Kris Singh, PhD student and event organizer. “It is crucial that discussion of this issue is encouraged at all levels of society.”

The panel will include Professor Sharryn Aiken of the Faculty of Law who specializes in migration law and policy as well as Gosia Kierylo Malolepsza, PhD Candidate whose research focuses on race, public policy and human rights in Canada.

List of Events:

Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture
Thursday, February 3 5:30pm, Goodes Hall 348
Topic: “Poor Black Communities and the Global Trope Urban North America’s New Space of Exceptionalism”

QCRED Movie Screening and Discussion
Thursday, February 3 7pm, Dunning 12
Movie: Tongues United

Radio Documentary by Queen’s alumna Anna Thomas
Monday, February 7 7pm
Part 1 of 3 – CFRC 101.9FM

Ban Righ Center & ISKA Concert & Workshop
Tuesday, February 8 5:30 – 7:30pm, Ban Righ Centre
Come highstepping with Sheesham & Lotus. Enjoy a light supper and a concert/workshop about the history of instruments such as the fiddle, banjo, harmonicas, jaw harps, bones, patting juba and more.

Panel Discussion on Immigration
Tuesday, February 8 6-8pm, Watson Hall 517
Panel discussion of Canadian immigration policy in relation to race and racism, featuring Professor Sharryn Aiken, PhD candidate Gosia Kierylo Malolepsza and others.

Rhythm of Africa
February 10 6-8:30pm, QUIC (2nd floor of JDUC)
Join QFTC & the ACSA as they celebrate African culture with music, food, and a silent auction with all proceeds going to QTFC’s school project in Kenya.
Tickets: Early bird – $6; At the door – $8.

Music Workshop with Blake Carrington
Sunday, February 13 10am-6pm, Performance Lounge, JDUC
Workshop on lyrics and editing with Carrington and his cameraman, “Bobby Fresh.”
Tickets: $5 or free with the purchase of a ticket to Carrington’s all-ages concert.

All-Ages Blake Carrington and DJ Romeo Concert
Sunday, February 13 9pm, Elysium Nightclub
Blake Carrington, Toronto-born rap artist in performance at Elysium Nightclub.
Tickets: early bird – $15, regular – $10.
Contact: Jaimmie Riley or Rochelle Burke

Radio Documentary by Queen’s Alumna Anna Thomas
Monday, February 14 7pm
Part 2 of 3 – CFRC 101.9FM

Kingston Interval House Movie Screening
Tuesday, February 15 6:30pm, QUIC (2nd floor of JDUC)
Discussion with writer and director Sobaz Benjamin (Movie: Race is a Four-Letter Word)

QCRED presents Welcome to Africville by Stolen from Africa
Wednesday, February 16, JDUC

Radio Documentary by Queen’s Alumna Anna Thomas
Monday, February 21 7pm
Part 3 of 3 – CFRC 101.9FM

Queen’s Black History Month Display can be viewed in the Upper Level of the JDUC, Queen’s Centre & Mac-Corry throughout the month of February.


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