The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford hosts two Black History Month events in February during Canada’s 150th.
On Thursday February 9, 2017 at 6:30pm the Panel Discussion: A Look Inwards to Make Change Outward will examine topics related to the Black community. It features poetry readings and an open dialogue between young moderator Marc Forcier, digitization coordinator at The Reach Archives and history student at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), the audience, and a diverse range of panelists. The panelists include: Danica Jelene Denommé, curriculum developer and facilitator of Diversity Education at Abbotsford Community Services; Youeal Abera, Simon Fraser University student/activist; Michelle Ndizeye, UFV BA graduate and former president of UFV Black Connections Club, and Holly Bishu, co-founder and organizer of Black Lives Matter Vancouver.
On Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm the Black History Month Event for the entire family kicks off at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way. This free community cultural celebration will include relevant speakers, live music, a colorful fashion show, creative hands-on kid’s activities – including clay pinch-pots and beading – and delicious African and Caribbean foods.
Throughout February, The Reach team will feature ongoing learning tools in the foyer, including: I Spy Game and Polite Ways to ask “Where are you from”?
The February 9th and 11th Black History Month programs are made possible through the generous sponsorship of Michael P. Forcier, CPA, Inc., and were developed in collaboration with community members who graciously volunteer their time and expertise including Abbotsford Community Services and Victoria 1 Fashion.