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Monday, February 21, 2022 (all day) to Sunday, February 27, 2022 (all day)

Black History Month Week Four Poster
In continuation of Black History Month, Waterloo Architecture continues to highlight affordable events which are available for its community members.

Designing in Color: "Aquí Estamos," Afro-Latinx Panel: Lecture (Free)
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at 7 PM ET
Designing in Color

"Aquí Estamos", meaning "We are Here", will center the voices of Afro-Latinx to discuss the intersectionality between two cultures and their lived experiences among two cultures. 'Representation matters' is a phrase commonly used, but what if it still leaves some people out?

Slavery, Mobility, and the Creolized Counter-Knowledge of Resistance Lecture (Free)
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 7PM ET
McGill University

The ASSA is honoured to welcome groundbreaking Art History Professor and internationally renowned author Dr. Charmaine Nelson for a guest lecture entitled “He ‘is supposed to have with him forged Certificates of his Freedom, and Passes’: Slavery, Mobility, and the Creolized Counter-Knowledge of Resistance”. The enslaved black communities of the regions that would become Canada, suffered (like their fellow bondspeople in southern, more tropical sites) the direct control of their mobility by their enslavers. This lecture adopts an extended conceptualization of creolization – the transformation of cultures, societies, and populations within the context of the contact between Europeans, enslaved Africans, and colonized and enslaved Indigenous peoples in the Americas – to explore the intersection of and conflicts between knowledge production and enslaved mobility.

Difference and Design: Lecture (Free)
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 6 PM ET
The Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture

Justin Garrett Moore is a transdisciplinary designer and urbanist. He serves as the program officer for the Humanities in Place program at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where his work focuses on advancing equity, inclusion, and social justice through place-based initiatives and programs, built environments, cultural heritage projects, and commemorative spaces and landscapes. He has extensive experience in architecture, planning, and design—from urban systems, policies, and building projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, preservation, public realm, and arts initiatives. He is also the co-founder of Urban Patch, a social enterprise focused on sustainable design and development projects in the United States and Rwanda.

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy Implementation Plan in the YRDSB: Lecture (Free)
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 12 PM ET
On The Stoop

Darcie is an audacious educator, who anchors herself in her faith and as a Black woman with proud Afro-Latina and West Indian roots. Over the past 20 years, she has faithfully served to empower Black and marginalized students from K-12 through her various roles as: a classroom educator, the African/Caribbean Teacher Liaison, Vice Principal and Principal at the school level, and now as the first, Principal of Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy Implementation Plan. She’s responsible for coordinating the implementation of York Region District School Board’s Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy. A significant part of the role includes supporting all YRDSB staff in acquiring the racial literacy skills needed to recognize, discuss, dismantle and disrupt racist ideologies that perpetuate the disparities that Black students face.

Empowering Racialized Communities as Research Collaborators and Agents of Change: Waterloo Region Community Event
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 12 PM ET
Wilfred Laurier University

During Black History Month, join Laurier’s Dr. Ciann L. Wilson, associate professor of Community Psychology, and Dr. Magnus Mfoafo M’Carthy, associate professor of Social Work, for an Inspiring Conversation about engaging in research with racialized communities. Wilson will explore the importance and ethics of harnessing the talents, knowledge and skills of Black, Indigenous and racialized individuals in order to empower them as research collaborators and agents of change, while Mfoafo M’Carthy will discuss the challenges associated with studying oppression, mental illness and disability in the Global South.

Black Lives Matter in Academic Spaces: Three Lessons in Critical Literacy: Lecture (Free)
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 12 PM ET
OSU Graduate School

This talk describes ways that teachers and the public in both Canada and USA have misappropriated the linguistic concept of code-switching as it applies to both Black language and Standard language speakers. The effect of such misappropriation harms rather than assists (as it is intended) Black language speakers in their pursuit of academic and professional discourse. Misappropriated code-switching harms Black language users socially, culturally, and psychologically and further contributes to state sanctioned brutality against Black bodies. Drawing from the fields of linguistics, socio-cultural education, communication, and cultural studies, the researcher presents three calls to action, framed as solutions to the cultural conflict about Black language use in classrooms, boardrooms, and technical and professional environments. Scholar and Performer Vershawn Ashanti Young describes and proposes solutions to the cultural conflict about Black language use in classrooms, boardrooms, and technical and professional environments.

The Poet MJ - Indigenous and Jamaican spoken word artist and student: Performance (Free)
Friday, February 25th, 2022 at 12 PM ET
On The Stoop

Jayda Marley is a 20-year-old nationally acclaimed Afro-Indigenous poet of Ojibwe & Jamaican Descent, youth activist, and community healer from Tkaronto. As a former competing poet, Jayda holds the 1st place National championship title of “Voices of Today 2018.” She is also the founder and creative director of the new open mic series “For The Queer Coloured Girls After Me.” Jayda is also one of the founders of the non-profit movement Not Another Black Life. Whether you catch Jayda at an open mic around the city, or on bigger platforms like Pride Toronto, Nuit Blanche and Parliament Hill, she is sure to captivate every crowd she touches with her words. When she isn’t performing, Jayda is waist deep in a book or teaching youth across Turtle Island how to use their voices using spoken word, and activism.

Anansi and Di Snowstorm Performance with Ujima: Black History Month & Beyond @UW: Performance (Free)
Saturday, February 26th, 2022 at 10 AM ET
University of Waterloo and Waterloo Public Library

What is going to happen to Anansi when he leaves Jamaica for the first time and travels to Canada only to experience a powerful snowstorm? Will his tricks help him overcome the cold Canadian weather or will he have to rely on help from new friends such as Bredda Squirrel, Bredda Raccoon, and Miss Skunk? Can Anansi adjust to this new environment, or will it be too much for him to handle?

Black History Month celebration at Mount Zion Lutheran Church: Waterloo Region Community Event (Free)
Sunday, February 27th, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET
Mount Zion Lutheran Church

A Day to celebrate Black History together when a selection of special musicians and speakers will join for a Zoom service. Father Steven Greene, an Anglican minister who serves at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church in Cambridge will be the guest speaker. Bishop Pryse will also participate in this inspiring service.

Organized by: 

Designing in Color
The Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
On The Stoop
Wilfred Laurier University
OSU Graduate School
University of Waterloo
Waterloo Public Library
Mount Zion Lutheran Church
McGill University

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