Simon Fraser University


Celebrating black history month

Feb 06, 2003 , vol. 26, no. 3


February features a variety of events celebrating Black history month at SFU.

On Feb. 6, Ndidi Cascade, a young black hip hop emcee, songwriter and recording artist will fill SFU theatre with her unique blend of poetry and music. Her performance gets under way at 12:30 p.m.

Also in honour of the accomplishments and heritage of people of African descent, SFU's association for students of African descent is hosting a documentary series.

Three short films remain to be screened in the series. Bob Marley: Time Will Tell, which screens on Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., profiles a musician who uses his songs to share his political and spiritual beliefs.

Africville, which screens on Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., looks at the fate of a community of slaves that worked on Canada's underground railroad in Halifax.

On Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sisters in Struggle looks at the challenges faced by women of colour before the 1990s. The screenings will be held in room C9002 at Burnaby campus. To find out more about these events see mysfu.ca under clubs.

SFU's women's studies department is co-sponsoring a one-day seminar at 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., on Feb. 8 to celebrate Black history month. And the Beat Goes On: The Music of African People through the Ages will be held in the Fletcher Challenge auditorium at Harbour Centre campus.

The event features music, readings and a panel discussion highlighting how black women have influenced music and musical styles internationally. Jean Augustine, the first African Canadian woman elected to parliament in Canada, will speak. For information call 604-291-5151.