Marjorie-Ann Knight, a Renison BSW alumna, will be helping to lead an event to recognize Black History Month in Cambridge this weekend, Saturday February 29 at the Idea Exchange in Queen’s Square. The event, called ‘Rhythm and Blues’ is a significant milestone for Knight, as it is the first Black History Month event that she has seen in Cambridge since moving there 15 years ago, after immigrating to Canada from Jamaica.
Knight says that one of the goals of the event is to draw awareness to the achievements of the Black community in the area. The theme, ‘Rhythm and Blues’ was chosen because, as Knight describes, “people love our music and our food, but they are not open to hearing about the blues – our struggles.” She notes too, that a community of Black Canadians have been living in the area since the 1700s, and this event will be a way to celebrate some of the achievements and contributions.
‘Rhythm and Blues’ features musical performances, food, and a panel discussion, which includes Knight. The panel will answer questions submitted by community members, and reflect on the historical and contemporary struggles and triumphs of Black communities in Waterloo Region.
Knight hopes that this will become an annual event, and that it will build more awareness of Waterloo Region’s Black communities. The intention is to create a space where community members feel welcome to attend, and where they can find out more about their neighbours, who they may have little knowledge of. “It’s an awakening of people,” Knight explains. “We don’t understand things that we have never seen or heard. We hope to open a few eyes, and ears, and minds. And make it a wave.”
Admission to ‘Rhythm and Blues’ is free, but those interested are asked to register, as complimentary Caribbean food will be served. Families are encouraged. For more details, visit the Eventbrite page to register.
Details at a Glance:
Rhythm and Blues
Sat, 29 February 2020
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
Idea Exchange | Queen's Square
1 North Square Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6