Citizens for the Advancement of Community Development (CACD) has been supporting Black History Month (BHM) since 2006 and this year is no exception. CACD will continue in our quest to bring awareness to Black History Month and what the Black Community has done to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we are today. The theme of this year’s celebration will be “Black History Month – Together We Rise”, with a special emphasis on bringing awareness to the works of Black Canadians, past and present.

This event will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre (MVCC), 1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd. and will begin at 4 p.m. with a presentation to High School Students on African Canadian History by a History Teacher from Peel District School Board (PDSB) and who will attempt to address the issue of Black Male Students dropping out of school. This will be followed at 5:00 p.m. by African Drumming in the Lobby of the MVCC and then at 6:00 p.m., the main event will showcase cultural music, poetry & spoken word recitals, break dancing, a cultural skit, fashion show (showcasing different cultures), cultural food sampling, and Prominent Guest Speakers from the Black Community.

It is our expectation that this event will increase intercultural understanding in the larger community and in particular, that the children and youth who will attend the earlier event (4:00 P.M.) will gain a better understanding of black history; including black inventions and achievements, items that have been traditionally omitted from the broader historical narrative.

We also expect that this event will empower these students, motivate and inspire them, and positively impact the world around them. Still, further, we envision that this event will help to minimize the marginalization and negative stereotypes experienced by black males in schools, and have a lasting effect on our children and youth as they work to achieve their full potential.

At the main evening’s event, we expect it to fully reflect the community’s diversity. For this audience, we expect to impart a broader cross-cultural understanding and create a basis for interracial understanding and cohesion that will help “to bridge the gap between cultural groups within the community, embrace our diversity and highlight our commonality and the Power of Multiculturalism”.
Accordingly, by educating the general public (various nationalities) on black history and culture, we hope to disprove and dispel any negative stereotypes that ignorance can foster.

Finally, we believe that “by bringing different people together they can quickly find areas of commonality that lead to better relationships, effective persuasion and interaction, and conflict transformation”.