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Every year Vanier College organizes festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians during Black History Month. This is a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians, who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally rich and prosperous nation we know today. It is also an opportunity for the majority of Canadians to learn about the experiences of Black Canadians in our society, and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history. From Vanier’s inception, people like Lynette Osbourne, Keith Barrett, Winston Nicholl, Paul Yeargens, Leo Bertley, Dorothy Wills and many others have contributed as teachers and staff to our school’s development and evolution. Vanier’s black graduates have gone on to be doctors, lawyers, educators, Members of National Assembly and filled scores of key roles in society.

You could get a good feel for the wisdom of many of our Black leaders by looking for the Black Quotes in Vanier This Week.

To carry on the Vanier tradition and highlight Black History Month, an exciting agenda full of activities was organized. Display cases in the Student Mall, The Carrefour and in front of the Library entrance featured art and elements of Black History. A movie series presented titles such as, “Ali”, “Remember the Titans”, “Hussle and Flo”, and “Head of State”. Guest speakers included well known public figures like Alvin Powell who is truly inspirational in his message about the self-destruction and redemption he went through as a black athlete. Gemma Raeburn-Baynes is a senior auditor at the Bank of Montreal, who is the energy behind many activities of the Montreal Black community including, Quebec’s first Black modeling agency, Montreal’s Caribbean carnival, and has won innumerable awards for community service. Egbert Gaye spoke about the community newspaper and how it serves the black community. A panel of students explored the many facets of Black identity. A live display of African art and food along with dancers from Africa and the Caribbean shook up a UB in the Mall and the Evolution of Dance made sure no one snoozed during another UB.

In addition, we had a Black History Month Quiz. People who submitted the completed quiz to the Student Services Office B203 become eligible for cash prizes.

Teachers were also encouraged to integrate some of the activities into their classroom material.

For more information about this or any upcoming Black History Month events please contact:

Dany Brown in Student Services, C203 – ext. 7884


Doug Miller in The Learning Centre, B205 – ext. 7900

Movie Dates Title Times

Feb. 6 “Ali” 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 13 “Remember the Titans” 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 20 “Hussle & Flo” 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 27 “Head of State” 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Guest Speakers Dates

Feb. 14 Alvin Powell Universal Break Auditorium

Feb. 8 (TBC) Egbert Gaye 2:00pm, Amphitheatre

Feb. 19 GemmaRaeburn. 2:00pm. Auditorium

Other Activities

Feb. 21 Display of African Art, Caribbean Food, Dance

Universal Break, Jake’s Mall

Feb. 28 Evolution of Dance Universal Break, Jake’s Mall

Feb. 14 Student Panel – Identity, 1:30pm, Auditorium


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