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Celebrate Black History Month with Richmond Public Library

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:07 PST, Wed January 31, 2024

Together with Mary Wilson, a passionate local advocate, and the City of Richmond, Richmond Public Library (RPL) is welcoming the community to attend a variety of Black History Month programs and activities for all ages throughout February. The “can’t-miss” event of the series is a talk with Sheila Murray, author of Finding Edward, on Sunday, Feb. 25. Participants can attend either in-person or online. 

“In Canada 29 years ago, the House of Commons proclaimed February to be Black History Month,” said Mary Wilson. “The act of gathering together with community to listen, share, learn, and act on our history is this year’s theme and is driving how we will honour our heroes this February and all year around, and share our historical and ongoing contributions to Canada.” 

Visit the library for a host of other in-person events being offered throughout the month, including: 

  • A musical performance for children and families by well-known musician and gospel choir director Checo Tohomaso on Feb. 3. 
  • Film screenings of Black-centred stories with Black-led casts, as well as titles that celebrate and recognize Black History Month, featuring family films on Saturdays and films for adults on Feb. 6 and 20. 
  • A community table showcasing this year’s Black History Month stamp featuring Mary Ann Shadd, an influential abolitionist and the first Black woman to publish a newspaper in North America, hosted by Canada Post representative Jackie Bailey. 
  • An interactive presentation on Black inventors, with prizes, by Lindagene Coyle, Vice President Emerita from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, on Feb. 25. 
  • Plus, all month long, there will be “Who am I?” trivia activities at all library locations for children to learn more about local Black history and personalities. 

Visit RPL’s event’s calendar to browse all Black History Month programs. 

If you are looking to learn more about Black History Month, be sure to explore the library’s Black History Month book lists created by library staff: 

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