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African Heritage Month

This year’s African Heritage Month provincial theme is Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share and Act.

“This theme brings focus and increased awareness of racialized issues of a community that has overcome great adversity for inclusion in all aspects of society. It further calls on us to listen, learn, share and act to make society a better place."  The Nova Scotia African Heritage Month Information Network.

The theme also aligns with the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (DPAD) 2015-2024.

Resources

Visit NSCC Libraries and Learning Commons' African/Black Nova Scotian Resources Guide and Anti-Racism Resources Guide for links to eBooks, videos, and websites related to African/Black History in Nova Scotia, Africville, the African Diaspora, Black Lives Matter, Anti-Black Racism, and much more.

Events & Activities

NSCC's Campus Libraries have a number of events and activities happening during February to celebrate African Heritage Month:

Akerley Campus Library
Celebrate Black Writers
February 1-26
Akerley Campus students, faculty and staff are invited to submit song, story, poem, or book recommendations for a chance to win a basket full of goodies from local Black-owned businesses.
Check your NSCC email, Akerley Facebook account or Connect for details.

Burridge Campus Library
Online Book Club Celebrates Black History Month
February 26, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Join us in February as we read and discuss Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta.
Check your NSCC email and Connect for details.

Institute of Technology Campus Library
African Heritage Virtual Coffee House
February 11, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
NSCC Libraries & Learning Commons will be putting on an African Heritage Virtual Coffee House including a film screening of "Speak It!: From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia" directed by Sylvia Hamilton.  This will be followed by a discussion led by hosts Glence Glasgow and Chris Murdoch. The event will be ASL interpreted and closed captioning will be turned on in the video. To attend, please visit nscc.ca/AHVCH

Institute of Technology Campus Library
Screening of "How Much do you Know About Black History in Canada?"
February 23, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Discussion to follow. To view the screening, please visit nscc.ca/AHFS

Kingstec Campus Library
Kingstec Celebrates Black Canadian Writers
Enter by February 24
Submit your favourite work by a Black Canadian Writer for a chance to win.  Check your NSCC email and Kingstec Facebook account for details.

Ivany Campus Library
Celebrate African Heritage Month
Check out Ivany's Facebook page and the Ivany Campus Community on Teams throughout February for resources and links that encourage you to listen, learn, share, and act.
Resources will be updated weekly on Connect Announcements.

Pictou Campus Library
Celebrating African Heritage Month Contest
February 1-28
Answer 5 questions correctly and be entered into a draw for one of 2 Sobeys gift cards. The draw will be held on March 2. Check your NSCC email and Pictou Campus Facebook account for details.

Strait Area Campus Library
African Heritage Month Online Scavenger Hunt
February 1–15
Use the link in the email to access the questions, find the answers online (or in your existing knowledge) and submit your answers to be entered into a draw for a prize. Answers must be submitted by midnight on February 15. Check your NSCC email and Strait Area Campus Facebook account for details.