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
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
Place: The Ganong Hall
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.
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 &
"Black Entrepreneurship" trade fair features Black-owned businesses across various sectors, including retail, food, and service industry, in collaboration with Business Date Canada
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"
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
Place: NBCC Saint John Campus
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.
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
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.
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.
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
Partnership: JD Irving &
NB Black History Society
Bus Tour with Gary
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
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