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Historian Voices: A Black History Month Special

Date: Feb. 24, 2021 – Feb. 24, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Join us on February 24 for a double screening and panel discussion with Director and Sheridan grad, Akil McKenzie (Bachelor of Film & Television '18), about a message of hope, encouragement, and inspiration for the Black community.

We will begin the evening with Historians – A Spoken Word Poem, a powerful piece written, directed, and edited by McKenzie. Several creatives contributed to the performance by choreographing their art – dance, paint, and photography – to the poetry of McKenzie. “We want this piece to give courage and spread hope into the new year. Black History Month is about remembering the past so that we can use those same footprints to guide us into the future. Thus, we created the Historians Initiative.”

Panel Members Include:

  • Akil McKenzie – Director | Performer | Editor
  • Fabio H Buritica – Executive Producer
  • Justin Barkie – Choreographer/Dancer
  • Jendayi Dyer – Choreographer/Dancer

The evening will end with a screening of Legacy Voices, a short documentary also directed by McKenzie, that spotlights Halton’s Caribbean seniors as they share their stories of coming from their native countries to Canada. The film was produced by the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH).

Panel Members Include:

  • Akil McKenzie – Director
  • Andrew Tyrrell – President, Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton | Interviewee in the film
  • Edwin Terry – Interviewee in the film | Retired Radio & Television Production for CBC Radio
  • Merle Ling – Interviewee in the film | Retired Nurse

The evening will be moderated by Kathleen Cummins, professor in the Bachelor of Film and Television program at Sheridan College.

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