OBHS Emancipation Day Celebration

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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.



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Schedule

· Stage
Welcome to Emancipation Day 2020

Speakers

Alton Morgan
Alton Morgan

Amp Studio Cafe

Greg Gooding
Greg Gooding

Moderator - Artist & Label Development Manager

Claudene  Neysmith
Claudene Neysmith

Black Anthem

Pascale Diverlus
Pascale Diverlus

Co-founder Black Lives Matter TO

Rasia States
Rasia States

Land Acknowledgement

DJ Rosegold
DJ Rosegold

DJ Rose Gold

Warren Ford
Warren Ford

Chef Warren Ford, George Brown College Professor

William Leathers
William Leathers

Juilliard School music student

Adaoma Patterson
Adaoma Patterson

Jamaican Canadian Association President

Steven Cook
Steven Cook

Manager, Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site

Femi  Lawson
Femi Lawson

Host

Natasha Henry
Natasha Henry

OBHS President Natasha Henry

Dwayne Genus
Dwayne Genus

Moderator Dwayne Genus

The event is over

Hosted by

Ontario Black History Society

The OBHS is a registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black History and heritage.