VICTORIA AFRICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY-AFRICAFEST

17-11-18

NEWS RELEASE

novembre 18, 2017
NEWS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE
February is
Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to commemorate the achievements of Black people. In Canada and the US is celebrated in February and in the U.K is celebrated in October.

February is the month chosen to celebrate Black History because is the birthday month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas two men that fought for the freedom of Black people in North America.

In 1995 thanks to a motion put forward by Jean Augustine, Canada’s House of Commons recognized the struggles and achievements of Black Canadians by adopting the month of February as Black History Month, but it was not until 2008 that the Canadian Senate officially recognized February as the Black History Month.

During the Black History Month, we also want to showcase some of our Black citizens that are contributing to the greatness of our country.

United by Heritage
Is our theme for 2018. For this important month we have brought together a renowned array of international Black artists, who will be performing in Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and Montreal.

The artists are:

Mamadou Diabate:  is a world-renowned balafon player an African xylophone.  Mamadou was born in Burkina Faso to a family of musicians that also have years of experience in traditional storytelling. At the age of 5 he started his professional training with his father, Penegue Diabaté, who in his days was considered the best balafon player far beyond the borders of the samba culture. At the age of 8 he began with his apprenticeship years with renowned. In 1988 and 1998 he won the first prize of the “National Culture Week” of Burkina Faso.

Now Mamadou lives in Austria where he continues to develop and perfume his art.

Merlin Nyakam: Was born in Cameroon, Merlin is recognized internationally for his interpretations and teachings of African and Afro-Contemporary dance. Merlin has and continues to enchant audiences around the world with his art. Special guests to his performance in Canada will include: Adama Bilorou a percussionist based in Paris; Salif Sanou a flutist specializes in African flute based in Montreal; and Akra Soumah a percussionist based in Ottawa…



Re: Black History Month Celebration

Pulcherie Mboussi at 250-884-0379 (French) vaccsociety@gmail.com 
Please check other events hosted by the BC Black History Awareness Society


Silvia Mangue 250.216.3039 (English)  bcbhas@gmail.com

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17-10-12

BLACK HISTORY MONTH - TRUE ROLE MODELS

octobre 12, 2017
BLACK HISTORY MONTH - TRUE ROLE MODELS
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
TRUE ROLE MODELS
We are inviting you to propose a candidate or candidates whose will be highlighted all long the Month of February 2018. The selected laureates will be featured in the annual Black History Month Magazine
Which will be distributed all over Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver as a symbolic tradition. Through their initiatives, they act as models for us all and particularly for young people inside of black communities. ‘’It’s important to shine light on those who often work in the shadows, and whose achievements demonstrate the presence and contributions that diversity provides,” noted Michael P. Farkas, President of the Round Table on Black History Month.
Laureates as well as the Magazine will be presented on January 31 in Victoria and on February 3rd in Vancouver. The Closing GALA: The Night of Elegance will be held the last Saturday of the Month: Saturday February 24, 2018. During this presentation, there will also be featured local and international speakers and performers.
 We warmly invite you to take part in the nomination process for the 2018 VACCS Black History Month TRUE ROLE MODELS

Link for to the form

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Sincerely,
Pulchérie Mboussi
Fondatrice et Coordinatrice de projets
Founder & Projects coordinator



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