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Sheridan celebrates Black History Month | February 2020

Date: Feb. 1, 2020 – Feb. 29, 2020

Time: 12 a.m.

Sheridan Black History Month logoFebruary is officially recognized as Black History Month and Canadians are invited to celebrate and honour the legacy and leadership of African people throughout the diaspora, both past and present.

For 2020, the theme for Sheridan’s Black History Month celebrations is “Black Excellence: Stories Through Time.” We will place a spotlight on the strength, complexities and perseverance of the Black experience through storytelling. Several events are planned to explore stories from the African diaspora and create space for discussions around what this historical context means in today’s community. From February 1 to 28, join us as we highlight the heritage, traditions and culture of people from the African diaspora. 

The Object and the Story - an exhibition

Location: Sheridan's Creative Campus Galleries at Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, 4180 Duke of York Blvd.

Dates: January 6 to March 31, 2020

Details: In 2019, six community leaders from the Peel Region came together to envision an exhibition that showcases Black excellence, celebrates Black Canadians as nation-builders, and recognizes the ways that personal narratives are deeply connected to larger histories.  

The curators – Angela Carter, Derrick Fagan, Ryan Knight, Karen Lopez (PepperBrooks), Felix Nyarko, and Erica Phillips – selected each object for its personal significance and its representation of Black community members who have transcended systemic barriers. By bringing together objects from popular culture and the everyday, and highlighting historical and cultural meanings, The Object and the Story points to the complexity and diversity of contemporary Black Canadian experiences. 

Over the course of the Winter semester, we will be adding to the stories told here by welcoming objects from our broader community. 

Partners: Afro Caribbean Business Network, Roots Community Services, Sheridan's Centre for Equity and Inclusion

Espresso Yourself - hosted by the Sheridan Student Union | Submit your artwork to be on display in February around the theme: What does black history mean to you?

Location: Online submission process. Works of art will be displayed at events, on the Student Union's website and social media accounts.

Date: Deadline for submissions is January 26, 2020. Artwork will be on display throughout February 2020.

Details: Sheridan Student Union (SSU) Vice Presidents want to showcase student artwork in our spaces. We want to show off your work and celebrate the creativity that surrounds our Sheridan campuses. You have the chance to showcase your artwork in our coffee shops: The Coffee Loft at Trafalgar and Bruin Coffee House at Davis and on our website. This month's theme is: What does black history mean to you? By submitting your work, you'll be automatically entered into a draw for a $500 grand prize from the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton.

Learn more and submit your work.

The Write the Journey Creative Writing Contest

Location: Entries submitted online. The winner must be available to read from their work at the Celebrating Black History Kick-off Event at Oakville Town Hall on February 6, 2020.

Date: Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2020. Celebrating Black History Kick-off Event takes place February 6, 2020.

Details: All Sheridan students are invited to celebrate Black History Month by submitting original creative writing in English exploring the theme or idea of "the journey." Poems, short stories, personal essays, plays/monologues, spoken word, comics, and all other forms of narrative, language-based storytelling are welcome. The author of the winning submission will receive $500 and will read from their work at the Celebrating Black History Kick-off Event at Oakville Town Hall on February 6, 2020. Two runners-up will receive $125 each. One submission per contestant; 200-word limit per submission. Entries must be submitted in a Word doc or PDF format. Entries will be judged by a panel of Sheridan faculty, staff and students in association with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH). Submit all entries, along with a brief author bio (25 to 75 words) to

Partners: CCAH and Sheridan's Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Legacy Symposium: Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurship

Location: Creativity Commons (b-wing, first floor) at Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, 4180 Duke of York Blvd.

Date: February 1, 2020 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Details: The Legacy Symposium is a full-day conference that inspires, educates and connects young entrepreneurs with experts from their business and startup community. Experience world-class keynote speakers, powerful panels and dynamic workshop sessions and walk away with an increased understanding of current business issues and best practices, as well as practical tools, tips and techniques to use as you build your future. Join us to celebrate the Canadian experience of Black Excellence and entrepreneurship.

Partners: Afro Caribbean Business Network and Roots Community Services Inc. in partnership with Sheridan College, Creative Campus Galleries and EDGE

Register for the event.

Diverse Voices in Theatre Series: Cassel Miles

Location: H117, Trafalgar Campus in Oakville, 1430 Trafalgar Road

Date: February 4, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Details: A Music Theatre Performance grad, Cassel Miles will be returning to Sheridan to perform excerpts from his powerful play Josiah Henson: From Slave to Saviour. The play tells the story of Josiah Henson, an author, abolitionist and minister. Born into slavery in Charles County, Maryland, Josiah escaped to Upper Canada (now Ontario) in 1830 and founded a settlement and laborer's school for other fugitive slaves in Kent County. 

Shop Talk - Celebrating Black Excellence with a Panel Discussion | Hosted by the Sheridan Student Union

Location: Creativity Commons (b-wing, first floor) at Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, 4180 Duke of York Blvd.

Date: February 11, 2020 | 4 p.m.

Details: Join us for a live panel discussion revolving race in North America. In recognition of Black History Month, we encourage you to share your views, thoughts and experiences. This event is an open and safe space where you'll be part of insightful conversations on many topics such as fashion, sports, education, language, music and more!

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Food and Art Festival | Hosted by the Sheridan Student Union

Location: The Den (campus pub) at Davis Campus in Brampton, 7899 McLaughlin Road

Date: February 12, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Details: We’re continuing to spread the love with Black History Month. Come experience delicious and authentic African/Caribbean foods. We’ve got performances lined from by Black Stars and the one and only Britta Badour. 

About Britta Badour: A proud and recognizable resident of Toronto’s Regent Park, Britta B. has made a name for herself as a spoken word poet both in competitive and feature performances nationwide, including the National Poetry Slam and Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She’s also held the Toronto International Poetry Slam championship title while representing Toronto at the Woman of the World Poetry Slam. As an Arts Educator and Leadership Workshop Facilitator, Britta has worked with students of all abilities and backgrounds in more than 250 schools and community centers nationwide. In 2016, Britta was selected as an Artist-In-Resident for The Power Plant Power Youth Program, mentoring youth in Regent Park through meaningful and artistic engagement with an emphasis on community collaboration. Get the full details on Britta’s work profile here.

About The Black Stars: A coalition of afro-influenced dancers committed to becoming nowadays leader group of AfroFusion Dance. Their pallet of skills combines more than 7 African dance styles including Azonto, Kuduro and Ndombolo that they talent showcase as one flawless artistic expression. Learn more about Black Stars here.

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In Conversation with broadcaster and writer Amanda Parris Amanda Parris

Location: The Den (campus pub) at Davis Campus in Brampton, 7899 McLaughlin Road

Date: February 13, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Details: As part of Black History Month celebrations, we are tremendously excited to welcome Amanda Parris, playwright and acclaimed CBC broadcaster (Exhibitionists, Marvin's Room).

This event will feature Parris in conversation about creativity as social activism, using as the basis for the discussion her 2019 Governor General's Award-winning play Other Side of the Game, which “turns the spotlight on the Black women who organize communities, support their incarcerated loved ones, and battle institutions, living each day by a ride-or-die philosophy, strengthening their voices and demanding to be heard.

This evening of conversation is an installment of The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences’ C² = Creativity Calendar, an initiative bringing noted speakers and activities related to creativity to the Sheridan community throughout the Winter 2020 term. It is brought to you in collaboration with the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), which celebrates diversity in literature by promoting underrepresented authors and storytellers in Brampton.

This event is free and open to the public.

About Amanda Parris:

By day, Amanda Parris is a television and radio host and writes a weekly column. By night, she writes stories for the stage and screen. She is the co-founder of the award-winning alternative education organization Lost Lyrics and worked with the Remix Project and the Manifesto Festival. She has spoken about her work at United Nations conferences around the world. Parris completed her Honours B.A. degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies at York University and her M.A. degree in Sociology of Education at the University of Toronto. She was a playwright-in-residence at Cahoots Theatre Company and Alameda Theatre Company and studied writing and acting at b current performing arts, anitafrika dub theatre and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Other Side of the Game is her first published play.

Register for the event.

Drag show dinner and Black History Month discussion - hosted by the Sheridan Student Union

Location: The Marquee (campus pub) at Trafalgar Campus in Oakville, 1430 Trafalgar Road

Date: February 14, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Details: Get ready for the most jaw-dropping, sizzling and fierce performance! From the hit Netflix Tv series, RuPauls Drag Race, we’re welcoming Silky Ganache, Rajah Ohara and A'keria Chanel Davenport to the stage. These fabulous performers will give you a drag show you will never forget. We’re talking full production and choreography you won’t see anywhere else. Not only do you get dinner & show, but you also get to interact with our honoured guests in a Q&A! That's right! To celebrate black excellence and diversity, we'll be diving into a discussion on Black History Month and how it relates to the topic of being a transgender in the black community. You’ll even get the chance to purchase some Black History Month apparel (hoodies and sweaters) during the night. This isn’t your typical drag show. Expect the unexpected with incredible costumes, performances, interactions, and celebrations.

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My Nappy Roots: A Journey Through Black Hair-itage - a film screening and panel discussion

Location: The Den, Davis Campus in Brampton, 7899 McLaughlin Road

Date: February 18, 2020 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: My Nappy Roots by Regina Kimbell explores the politics, culture and history of Black hair. Is there such a thing as "Good and Bad" hair? How has the Eurocentric ideal of beauty influenced Black hair through modern history? My Nappy Roots will vibrantly depict some of the complex social, political and cultural influences that have dominated the dialogue surrounding Black hairstyles from styling patterns and cultural trends to the business of black hair care products, services and advertising. 

Register for this free event.

Film for Thought presents: Ninth Floor - a film screeningNinth Floor poster

Location: B125, Trafalgar Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road

Date: February 19, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Details: Ninth Floor directed by Mina Shum tells the dramatic story of a watershed moment in the history of Canadian race relations. In 1969 a group of Caribbean students at Sir George Williams University in Montreal accused their professor of racism, triggering an explosive student uprising. Filmmakers Mina Shum and Selwyn Jacob locate many of the protagonists and listen as they set the record straight, trying to make peace with the past. The media called it the George Williams "computer centre riot," but the reality was much more complex. 


West African Drum & Dance Workshop

Location: Gymnasium, Davis Campus in Brampton, 7899 McLaughlin Road

Date: February 20, 2020 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Details: You are invited to join Peter Amponsah and members of Tam Tam Foli Drum & Dance Company for a West African Drum & Dance workshop. This promises to be a fun and exciting time learning and celebrating cultural forms of expression within our community. Comfortable footwear is recommended. Limited drums provided or bring your own.

Register for this free event.

Closing Ceremony - Celebrating Black Excellence at Sheridan Year-Round

Location: Creative Campus Galleries, B-Wing, Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, 4180 Duke of York Blvd.

Date: March 3, 2020 |11:30 a.m. to noon

Details: Throughout the month of February, Sheridan celebrated a vibrant Black History Month under the theme, Black Excellence: Stories Through Time. Students, faculties, staff and community partners collaborated on over 10 events and initiatives. They engaged a diverse group of individuals both within Sheridan and the broader community through: a symposium, creative writing, visual arts, performing arts, food and film screenings. We’d like to recognize the efforts of all those who planned and delivered these activities. As well, we acknowledge that Black excellence should be celebrated year-round, not only in February.  
Light refreshments will be served.
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