Rise and Shine for Black History Month
By Alyssa De Rosa—mtltimes.ca
Black History Month will take place all across Quebec from February 1st to 29th, 2016. Celebrating its 25th anniversary through its “Rise and shine” theme, expect more than 150 cultural and social activities revolving around the hardships and achievements of Black communities. The public is invited to join this festive celebration all month long.
President of the Black History Month Round Table, Michael Farkas explains how pleased he about all the work this non-profit organization has done thus far. “The children will rise up in the morning and try to better this world every day,” Farkas says as he describes what this year’s theme is all about. “Globally that’s the idea. But, pertaining to Black History Month, we’re very proud of the 25th anniversary and the Laureates that are coming this year. They rose and they shined a long time ago in Quebec. In a time where the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s were a tough time,” he explains.
With all the activities and events planned, Farkas warns not to miss one of his highlights; the viewing of Honor before Glory with filmmaker Anthony Sherwood at the McCord museum on February 7th. The viewing is free of charge and it’s all about remembering the Black soldiers and people that came before us and who made a difference for the Black community.
On this 25th Black History Month, the Round Table will be paying tribute to 12 organizations which are making a difference within Black communities. The selected laureate organisations are featured in the annual Black History Month calendar which can be found on their website www.moishistoiredesnoirs.com. Some great people who have passed away over the years will also be commemorated, specifically Quebec’s first Black MLA Jean Alfred and Haitian crooner Joe Trouillot, who made their mark on Quebec society.
Comedian Eddy King, rapper and historian Webster, as well as Jazz singer Ranee Lee will also be among some important people during the festival. They will share with their fans their journeys as Black people and their fondness for Black History month throughout the month of February.
The month-long festival kicks off on Monday, February 1st at the opening soirée located at la Bibliothèque National at Berri at 6:00 p.m. Among those present will be Mayor Denis Coderre, Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil, Gilles Duceppe, President of the Black History Month Round Table Michael Farks and many more.
For more information regarding the opening evening or activities during Black History month visit their website www.moishistoiredesnoirs.com.