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Celebrate Black History Month at Richmond Public Library

Richmond Public Library is partnering with the City of Richmond, Richmond Arts Centre, Chimo Community Services and community advocate Mary Wilson to present a series of programs in celebration of Black History Month. This is the third year the library has offered programs to recognize Black History Month and this year’s theme is “Honouring our local heroes”.

The opening ceremonies will be held at the Richmond City Hall Council Chambers on Friday, February 2nd from 4:30 – 6:15 PM. Doors open at 4 PM and the formal ceremony starts at 4:30 PM. All month long, visitors to the Richmond Arts and Cultural Centre will enjoy an art exhibit located on the second floor of the rotunda.

Richmond Public Library is pleased to offer a diverse variety of Black History Month programs at the Brighouse branch on select dates in February:

  • On Saturday February 10 from 10:30 – 12 PM, listen as speaker Carmen Lake discusses “Afro-Canadians and their Contributions to the Canadian War Efforts”.
  • On Saturday February 10 from 2 – 4 PM, enjoy a performance by youth called “Story-Powering our Youth thru Dance and Storytelling”.
  • On Saturday February 17 from 11 – 1 PM, enjoy a display of historical photographs entitled “Hogan’s Alley”. This program is drop-in.
  • On Saturday February 17 from, 2 – 3:30 PM, learn about African inventors and 3D printing at “Inspired Inventions”.
  • On Sunday February 18 from 2 – 3 PM, listen as well-known vocalist Dawn Pemberton shares stories of her childhood experiences in a program called “To be Seen and Unseen: the Duality of Growing up Black in Vancouver”.

All programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is required for all programs except for “Hogan’s Alley”. For more information or to register, please visit or speak to a library staff member.

“Black Canadians have made significant contributions to Canada. These programs will provide an opportunity for the public to gain a better understanding of the experiences of Black Canadians and will honour the legacy of the Black community,” says Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Multicultural and Chinese Community Services.