Black History Month is celebrated across Canada each year throughout the month of February. GVPL participates in the sharing of the history, contributions and culture of black Canadians through programs and special events that often feature the black pioneers who arrived in Victoria in the 1800s, as well as the role models who work, live and inspire us today.
In partnership with the BC Black History Awareness Society, GVPL hosted two programs for students at the Central and Nellie McClung branches, as well as an evening of music and spoken word in partnership with the Belfry Theatre that featured former City of Victoria Youth Poet Laureate Ann-Bernice Thomas (pictured, bottom) and Vancouver band Ardent Tribe (pictured, top). As part of the Victoria Doll Club’s 50th Anniversary, GVPL also hosted a special program on the social history, evolution and materials used to fabricate black dolls.
Browse our collection to find books, music and movies to learn more about the contributions and culture of black Canadians.
Cathy Essombe from Vancouver band Ardent Tribe performs at the Belfry Theatre.
Ann-Bernice Thomas, City of Victoria’s 2016 Youth Poet Laureate, performing original spoken word poetry at the Belfry Theatre.