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Black History Month 2016

Feb 4, 2016

Here are some events that are happening in Hamilton in celebration of Black History Month 2016.

Passage to Freedom: Secretes of the Underground Railroad

The City of Hamilton’s Access & Equity office presents the exhibit “Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad”. Come and learn about the underground railroad. The exhibit explores slavery, the underground railroad and the challenges freedom seekers faced once in Canada.

When: February 2- 29, 2016
Where: Hamilton City Hall, 71 main Street West, 2nd Floor

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John C. Holland Awards

The JCH award is the region’s premier Black history month event. Founded in 1996, the award celebrates the rich cultural heritage of our community, with a particular focus on the contributions of African Canadians to the social, economic, and cultural life of our entire city.

This year the John C. Holland Awards celebrates 20 years.

When:February 6, 2016
Where: Michelangelo Banquet

Click here for more information and registration.


The Canadian Story: Refugees, Immigrants and Black History

In conjunction with February being Black History Month, Griffin House National Historic Site presents this Informative and Interesting talk by Leo Nupolu Johnson, Founder and Director of Empowerment Squared. Leo recounts his journey of survival as a child during the Liberian civil war and in refugee camps for over eight years to his eventual resettlement in Canada. His outstanding achievements in service to humanity continue to inspire and empower thousands around the world.

When:February 10, 2016 ; 7pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Ancaster Old Town Hall
310 Wilson Street East, Ancaster

Free Admission

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