We are celebrating Black History Month and recognizing the outstanding contributions made by the Black community in Waterloo Region, in Canada and beyond.

Black History Month is an opportunity to learn, reflect and appreciate the achievements and legacy of Black Canadians. Learn more about Black History Month in Canada.

Discover Black History Month programs, events and reading lists below and join the celebration.

Black History Month Programs

Caribbean Carnival
Caribbean Carnival Celebration
Saturday, February 18 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Headshot of Nadia L. Hohn and cover of her book Malaika's Costume
Caribbean Playground with Author Nadia L. Hohn
Saturday, February 25 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Anansi and Di Snowstorm
Anansi and Di Snowstorm Performance
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Films for Black History Month
Stream films by Black filmmakers and about the Black experience with Kanopy.
eBooks & eAudiobooks with downloadLibrary & Libby
eBooks & eAudiobooks with downloadLibrary & Libby
Find a selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks celebrating Black Voices from downloadLibrary and the Libby app.

Community Events & Resources

Community Events

Kitchener Public Library

Check out the Kitchener Public Library's Black History Month programs and events, including film screenings, a drumming storytime and more.

Wilfrid Laurier University

Throughout Black History Month and the rest of the year, Wilfrid Laurier University invites you to learn about their inspiring Black student leaders, exceptional faculty and staff members and our impactful alumni through the stories, events and learning opportunities featured. Discover stories, resources, events and more.

Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region
The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region (CCAWR) is a non-profit organization serving Waterloo Region’s Caribbean community. Organized in 1975, they are committed to strengthening and enhancing the quality of life of families and individuals by providing culturally sensitive programs, support, resources, education and training. View the CCAWR's Black History Month Event Schedule.
Guelph Black Heritage Society

The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) will be celebrating its 3rd Annual Black HERITAGE Month in February 2023. This month will commemorate past and present accomplishments within the Black community and set sights on our bright future ahead. While we will continue to acknowledge the resilience and bravery of those who came before us, we must recognize that Black history and experiences are much more than the narrative of enslavement. The GBHS calls on the community to honour our past, celebrate today, and look toward the future.

 Learn more about the GBHS and view its Black History Month Events Schedule for 2023.

Ontario Heritage Trust

Ontario Heritage Trust is offering a FREE virtual tour of the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History which will explore the story of Reverend Josiah Henson – abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor – and the history of the Underground Railroad. Learn more about programs and events being offered by the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Stroll Guided Walking Tours
Stroll Walking Tours offer currated private walking tours on a variety of subjects. Learn more about the Black Presence in Berlin tour, which takes place in Downtown Kitchener. Please note that these are paid tours.
Rhythm & Blues Cambridge

Rhythm & Blues Cambridge is a gathering place to explore our rich and diverse history, our “Rhythm and Blues”. It is a unique hub for community and engagement that supports and showcases the black community in Cambridge. It promotes and appreciates the Black experience by building partnerships, sharing and develop vital resources for our community. View the Rhythm & Blues Committee's Black History Month page.

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