Change: Claiming our Freedom in Unity!
On July 31st, the OBHS will be hosting virtually its annual Emancipation Day celebration to commemorate the anniversary of the Slavery Abolition Act.
August 1, 1834, marks the day in which the practice of the enslavement of African peoples in all British colonies came to an end. Through the tireless efforts of both the enslaved and free status Africans, as well as Black and white abolitionists, emancipation finally became a reality.
This evening features keynote speaker Itah Sadu, award-winning author, storyteller and owner of A Different Booklist & Cultural Centre. New this year is a special virtual tour of Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. Join us as Steven Cook, manager of the site showcases this Black history centre located in Dresden, Ontario. As we reflect on the current COVID-19 pandemic and anti-racism protests, we will speak with Jamaican Canadian Association President Adaoma Patterson on pandemic responses for the Black community, and Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder Pascale Diverlus.
Hosted by Femi Lawson, guests will also hear a timely message from OBHS President Natasha Henry, enjoy a cooking demonstration by Chef Warren Ford, and experience an uplifting musical performance by Khari McClelland and William Leathers.
The OBHS Emancipation Day Celebration is a free community event. We invite you to become a member of the Ontario Black History Society and enjoy this special virtual edition. The evening of celebration also features DJ Rosegold.