Schedule subject to change
The Guelph Black Heritage Society continues its #ChangeStartsNow Anti-Racism Education initiative with the annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2021 at 7pm. This virtual event organized by Artistic Director Verese Vassell-Bowen will feature a variety of performances to commemorate the day, including: contemporary and traditional gospel music, spoken word, and dance. The goal of this event is to educate the community on the Juneteenth holiday and celebrate with performances from Canadian artists.
Juneteenth is a 156-year-old commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. We observe it on June 19th to memorialize the day in 1865 when, in Galveston, Texas, many enslaved Black folks were informed of the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. This official enforcement actually came late, as it had been well over two years since the signing of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. While Juneteenth marks a significant day in Black history and a day of remembrance, it is also an opportunity to honour and celebrate Black history, heritage and culture. “Of all Emancipation Day observances, Juneteenth falls closest to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun, at its zenith, defies the darkness in every state, including those once shadowed by slavery.” — Henry Louis Gates, JrTo register for this free event, suggested donation $10 per person. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/juneteenth-celebration-tickets-155665552859
Thursday | 6:00PM
An Evening with Author & Educator Cecil Foster
The Guelph Black Heritage presents a talk by author and educator Cecil Foster. Mr. Foster will speak about his most recent book, “They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada”.
Cecil Foster is a Canadian novelist, essayist, journalist, Public intellectual and scholar. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Transnational Studies at the University of Buffalo. Mr. Foster is well known for exploring race through immigration, and empowers this culture and beliefs through "Blacks in Action".
They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada Synopsis: Smartly dressed and smiling, Canada’s Black train porters were a familiar sight to the average passenger—yet their minority status rendered them politically invisible, second-class in the social imagination that determined who was and who was not considered Canadian. Subjected to grueling shifts and unreasonable standards—a passenger missing his stop was a dismissible offense—the so-called Pullmen of the country’s rail lines were denied secure positions and prohibited from bringing their families to Canada, and it was their struggle against the racist Dominion that laid the groundwork for the multicultural nation we know today. Drawing on the experiences of these influential black Canadians, Cecil Foster’s They Call Me George demonstrates the power of individuals and minority groups in the fight for social justice and shows how a country can change for the better.To register for this free event, suggested donation $10 per person. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-with-author-and-educator-cecil-foster-tickets-155670383307