Black History Month 2023

Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

About the Black History Month

Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. In Saint John, PRUDE Inc., along with community partners, is promoting presentations throughout the month.
Register via the link below to participate in all the sessions of #BHM2023 and events with PRUDE Inc.


Join Us and Participate

Raising the Pan-African flag

Partnership: City of Saint John

City Hall will be raising the Pan-African flag on February 1st at 10:00am for Black History Month. The flag will fly on the priority pole, along side the Ukrainian Flag for the month.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 1st

Time: 10:00 AM

Place: Front of City Hall at 9:50 AM

"Reclaiming Our Narratives" film festival

Partnership: The faculty of arts
UNB Saint John campus

A selection of films created by Black filmmakers that explore different aspects of Black history and culture. This film series is presented by PRUDE Inc. in partnership with the faculty of arts, Saint John campus.

Date: Saturday, Feb 11 – “I’m not your Negro”;
Saturday, Feb 18 – “Where is Home?”;
Saturday, Feb 25 – “Pressure”

Time: 04:00 PM

Black History Month lecture at UNB

Partnership: The Department
of History of UNB Fredericton

The Department of History's 7th annual Black History Month Lecture: Dr. Melissa N. Shaw, assistant professor in the department of history and classical studies at McGill University will present her talk entitled "Women Who Used to Run the UNIA Hall" The event will be in-person and streamed online.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 9

Time: 07:00 PM

Place: At UNB Fredericton but will be live-streamed at UNBSJ.
Register with PRUDE Inc. to get access to the live streaming.

"Black Entrepreneurship" Trade Fair

Partnership: UStation &
Business Date

"Black Entrepreneurship" trade fair features Black-owned businesses across various sectors, including retail, food, and service industry, in collaboration with Business Date Canada

Date: Saturday, Feb. 11

Time: 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM

Youth Empowerment workshop

Workshop hosted by young adults to empower and engage young people, on different topics such entrepreneurship, storytelling, art, African dance and more

Date: Saturday, Feb. 18

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

"Voices of the Past, Present, and Future"

Partnership: NBCC Saint John

This panel discussion aims to explore the perspectives of business and community members within the black community, both past and present, and examine how their voices have impacted and continue to shape the future.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28

Time: 12:30 PM – 13:30 PM

A tour of New Brunswick Black History Society Museum

NB Black History Society

A tour of New Brunswick Black History Society Museum with Ralph Thomas

Date: Contact [email protected] to book your tour

Time: By appointment

Virtual "Cultural Cuisine"

Virtual "Cultural Cuisine" cooking classes: Food vendors/foodies highlight the importance of Black cuisine and the cultural significance of the food by holding cooking classes featuring traditional Black recipes and dishes. 

Date: One night per week by food vendors in the Black community

Time: Evening

Place: Virtual meeting via Zoom

Black History, Culture and Journey

Week nights Black History Month Speakers Series with Damon Levine

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Lily Lynch on Pan-Africanism;
Thursday, Feb. 23 – Clinton Davis: POC Business Best Practices

Time: 07:00 PM

Place: Virtual meeting via Zoom

Weekly Events

Weekly Black History Month book club

A book club that focuses on books, documents, and literature written by Black authors or about Black history. This will form part of the  Come Together the Canadian Way Program.

Date: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Time: First Session: 10 AM – 12 PM;
Second Session: 1:30 PM –3:30 PM

Lunch and Learn Series

Lunch and Learn Series on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 - 1pm. A wide range of diverse speakers from the business community sharing information and success stories about their organizations and how they can provide support for members of the community.

Date: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Time: 12 PM – 1 PM

"Breaking Barriers" Speaker Series

Partnership: Black Business
Professionals Network (BBPN)

Black Business professionals and community leaders are invited to share their experiences and challenges in breaking barriers in their fields, and how their experiences have contributed to shaping the future of the province.

Date: Part of “Lunch and Learn” Series

Time: 12 PM – 1 PM

Place: Virtual via Zoom

Other Events

Bus Tour

Partnership: JD Irving &
NB Black History Society

Bus Tour with Gary

Date: 10 bus tours confirmed
Time: On-going
Place: Saint John

BHM Scholastic Essay Competition

In honor of Black History Month, PRUDE Inc is hosting an essay competition open to all students in middle school and high school in the Anglophone South School District. Students will write about "a leader in the local Black community that they look up to" for a chance to win one of three cash prizes.

Date: Until Feb. 25th

Time: On-going
Place: Winners will be announced on the website and award presentations at the winners’ schools

Closing Event for BHM 2023

This is the last weekend of BHM and PRUDE Inc will be inviting its board, staff, volunteers and members of the community to wrap the BHM celebration. Refreshments will be provided.

Date: Friday, Feb. 24

Time: 6–8 PM

Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Christine Eruokwu
Coordinator BHM Event and Newcomer Women Leadership Program

Email: [email protected]

Direct: 506.214.0507

Office Main: 506.634.3088