February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month
Posted on 01/31/2022
February is Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, OCDSB students, staff, and families will recognize Black History Month. This is a time to celebrate Black culture and history, and to applaud the achievements and significant contributions Black Canadians have made in communities across the country. 


Watch a video message from Education Director Camille Williams-Taylor to learn more. 


There are a number of events and activities that will be taking place this month for staff, students, and families to take part in, including: 


Black Excellence Day on February 3rd

On Thursday, February 3, OCDSB students and staff will be participating in Black Excellence Day. On February 3, 2021 the province of Nova Scotia repaid the fine and court costs associated with Viola Desmond’s 1946 court case to Viola's sister, Wanda Robson. Viola had been found guilty of tax evasion in 1946, after challenging racial segregation at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow.


Black Excellence Day reminds us that despite these intentional inequities, People of Black African descent continue to excel in all areas of life. Black Excellence Day is a new opportunity for us to come together to repair the harm and damage caused by racism's past and present oppressive practices. Students and staff members are welcome to wear black on this day, and to post on social media using the hashtags #BlackExcellenceDay and #OCDSBBlackExcellenceDay.


Black Excellence Discussion Series on February 10th

On Thursday, February 10th, the OCDSB is hosting “The Journey to Achieving Black Excellence”, the third session in the Black Excellence Discussion Series. This session is entirely organized, facilitated, and moderated by a Black student panel. The discussion will be livestreamed on YouTube, and participants are welcome to submit a question in advance. Learn more.


The Canadian Museum of History’s “An Evening with Perdita Felicien” on February 17th

Tune into the Canadian Museum of History’s An Evening with Perdita Felicien to support the students of the Black Youth Forum Course. While reading Perdita’s memoir, the students prepared questions that will be featured in the Question/Answer portion of the event.


There will also be activities taking place at OCDSB schools, which we will share on social media and our website throughout the month. 


Read more about Black History Month at the OCDSB


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