January has come and gone and February is upon us. On the calendar this month? Valentine’s Day, Family Day and Black History Month. Whether you support a local business, donate your time or money to an organization, or attend an event, here are just a few ways to celebrate Black History Month in Edmonton this year!

SUPPORT LOCAL

 

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From Veer Active, Irie Foods and the Island Grill there are some great Black-owned businesses in Edmonton. This month, if you’re going to grab a bite or indulge in a day of self-care, consider checking out one of the restaurants, cafes, bars or retail stores listed on the Afro Biz directory. 

ATTEND AN EVENT

BLACK HISTORY MONTH OPENING CEREMONY 

A collaborative effort with the National Black Coalition of Canada and Norquest College, the city of Edmonton will host a Black History Month opening ceremony at City Hall this year. This event will feature entertainment, speeches and so much more, so don’t miss it!

When: Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Where: Edmonton City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Time: 12 pm – 3:30 pm

WAWT BLACK HISTORY MONTH GALA 

 

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Amplifying voices and celebrating the legacy of Canadian Women of African Descent, WAWT is proud to present this year’s Black Tie Gala event: Cross-Generational Conversations. For more information or to purchase your tickets now, visit the link above.

When: Saturday, February 25th, 2023
Where: 7515 118 Avenue Northwest Edmonton
Time: 6 pm – 11 pm
Cost: $85+

TASTE OF AFRICA

Hungry? Taste of Africa returns with a rich display of African dance, storytelling, poetry, armchair travels, and incredible food from all over Africa and the Caribbean. Get your tickets now!

When: Saturday, February 25th, 2023
Where: St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street
Cost: $10

ORGANIZATIONS AND RESOURCES

Knowledge is power and your wallet or time can speak volumes. One of the best ways that you can celebrate the legacy of Black Canadians is simply by learning about them or supporting organizations that they’ve started, endorsed or inspired.

 

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Here are just a few local resources and charities that hold regular seminars or work to make a difference in the community.

And there you have it. Just a few ways that you can commemorate Black History Month in Edmonton this year. Now go forth, learn something and be kind to one another! Happy February!