Black History Speaker Series
Discover three different perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada with this three-part online speaker series.
This year’s Black History Speaker Series is delivered as a live-streamed, digital event. Tickets grant access using any computer, tablet or mobile device for these live, interactive sessions with leading community historians and commentators specializing in Black history and culture.
Tickets are $15 per event, or gain access to the entire series for $35. All sessions begin at 7:00 PM.
in the Military January 27
The Power of
Cultural Competence February 24
Fugitive Freedom Seekers
Escape to Niagara March 31
Rosemary Sadlier Blacks in the Military
January 27, 7:00 p.m. - $15
Gain a new perspective on the Black Canadian experience in a historical context, specifically the Black military experience. This seminar will focus on the Niagara region’s early military activity, the involvement of Black Canadians in the defence of Canada and the impact of their selfless deeds.
About the speaker: Order of Ontario recipient Rosemary Sadlier is a renowned social justice advocate, accomplished author and international speaker specializing in Black history, anti-racism and women’s issues. For 22 years she served as volunteer president of the Ontario Black History Society and was the driving force behind the successful effort to lobby Canada's provincial and federal governments to officially declare February as Black History Month. An educator, Rosemary was fundamental in developing and contributing to African Canadian curriculum and was an appointed member of the College of Early Childhood Educators. She has written seven books about African Canadian history. (Learn more)
Saladin Allah The Power of Cultural Competence
February 24, 7:00 p.m. - $15
What does it mean to be culturally competent and why is it important? How does cultural competence influence the way we perceive the world and interact with others? What does it look like in practice and how can we traverse cultural borders in today’s society? Explore these questions alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Achievement Award recipient Saladin Allah in this inspiring seminar.
About the speaker: Saladin Allah is a writer, radio personality, youth advocate and 2019 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Achievement Award. Saladin currently serves as visitor experience specialist at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center and is a commissioner for the Human Rights Commission in Niagara Falls, New York. An educator and author, his commentary has been featured in various international publications as well as the six-part docuseries "Enslaved," executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson. Saladin is the third-great grandson of famed Underground Railroad freedom seeker Josiah Henson. (Learn more)
Rochelle Bush Self-Liberated and Famous: Fugitive Freedom Seekers Escape to Niagara
March 31, 7:00 p.m. - $15
Discover the harrowing stories of peril and triumph of some of the most well-known African Americans who escaped slavery and settled in Niagara. In this captivating seminar, learn about the crucial role of the region’s location and how Niagara became refuge for fugitive freedom seekers.
About the speaker: Public historian Rochelle Bush was born and raised in St. Catharines. She is the owner and primary guide of Tubman Tours Canada, and the resident historian of the Salem Chapel, BME NHS Church, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NHS. (Learn more)