Local events mark black history
The London Public Library
The library is hosting a series of events to celebrate Black Heritage Month throughout February and March. Karen Litton, coordinator of the continuing education program at the library, said she felt it was necessary for more people to be aware of the presence of black history in Canada and the London Community. The Central Public Library is located on Queen Street.
Africa; A History Denied
This film reclaims two lost African cultures: Great Zimbabwe, the fabulous lost city with its astounding stone work, flourished in the 14th century and the splendid Swahili Coast, a centre of thriving gold and ivory trades until the 16th century. (Feb. 9, noon)
Seek the Truth, Chatham's Black Community
Noted historian Gwendolyn Robinson gives a slide talk on Chatham, one of Western Ontario's oldest communities. Known as a centre of anti-slavery activity prior to the American Civil War, Chatham was a northern terminus for the Underground Railroad bringing fugitive slaves to Canada (Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.)
Itah Sadu in Person
In her program "Travelling Highways and Byways," the master story teller builds on the oral heritage of the Caribbean, Africa and North America to tell stories that bring history and joy to explain our relationship to the world (Feb 23, 7:30 p.m.)
Big screen video documentary from the A&E "Biography" series tells the story of Malcolm X from his Nebraska boyhood to his early years as a Harlem hoodlum, to his prison conversion, to his rise to prominence with the Nation of Islam (March 2, noon)
There will be several black history displays throughout February in the University Community Centre's atrium. Movies will be shown on TV Western throughout the month including Malocolm X, Cry Freedom, Mississippi Burning and The Color Purple and Amistad will be playing in the McKellar Room until Feb. 12.
Black Students' Association
There is an African display today until March 8 at King's College entitled 'Voices of Africa'. The display will be shown at the Cardinal Centre Library and there will also be a speaker at 7:30 p.m tonight. (www.usc.uwo.ca/clubs/bsa)
Housing and Food Services
During February, Black History Month posters and articles will be displayed in all the on-campus residences, Susan Grindrod, director of housing and food services, says.