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Black History Month 2024 - BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU)

Black History Month 2024: Celebrating Black Excellence — A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build.
Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements, investments, and contributions of Black communities and to commit ourselves to lifelong learning and allyship. Let's not only reflect on the history and ongoing legacy of racism, but also take action to dismantle systemic oppression.
Attend events, engage in conversations, and actively participate in initiatives that promote diversity, equality, and inclusion. By working together, we can build a future that embodies the principles of justice and equity. You can find events and resources for Black History Month below:


Making Histories: An Exhibition of Black Artists

What: Visit this free exhibition to view work from local Black artists that celebrates Black History Month. Making Histories: An Exhibition of Black Artists has been created by four local Black artists from Langley, New Westminster and Surrey:

When: January 26th- April 3
Time:Monday to Friday: 6am to 10pm Saturday: 7am to 7pm Sunday: 7am to 5pm
Where: Cloverdale Recreation Centre: 6188 - 176 Str (second floor)
Cost: Free

Online Speaker Series: Hidden Histories - Adult

What:Discover hidden Black histories left out of textbooks that shaped the Lower Mainland in this seminar.

When: February 14

Time: 12- 1 pm
Where: Livestream and in-person at Hermann’s Upstairs, 751 View Street, Victoria.
Cost: Free, advance registration required

Pages on Stage: A Black Storytelling Event

What: In partnership with QMUNITY, this Vancouver Public Library event features queer, Black storytellers who will take the stage to share stories. The event promises that “each storyteller will weave a narrative exploring the intersections of their identity, offering the audience the nuances of the Black queer experience.”

When: Saturday, February 24, 2024

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Central Library, Vancouver
Cost: Free, no regristration required, link here

Black History and Heritage Day

What: Take this opportunity to meet and talk with direct descendants about their stories and family history and meet with local organizations that are dedicated to the preservation of historical records related to Black history in BC. The exhibits include images, artifacts, and archival documents. Free!

Live Music in Clifford Carl Hall by the Noedy HD Trio with Noedy Hecavarria Duharte – saxophone, Phil Albert – bass, and Miles Fuller – drums

When: February 10

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Royal BC Museum 675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2
Cost: Free, no registration required, link here

Black History Month at Viff



  • Subtle Act of Exclusion: How to understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran
  • Black Women Under State: Surveillance, Poverty, & the Violence of Social Assistance by Idil Abdillahi  
  • White Fragility: Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo
  • They said this would be fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up by Eternity Martis
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
  • Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
  • Bigger than Bravey: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic by Valerie Boyd, Alice Walker, Kiese Laymon