media release

SFU celebrates Black History Month

February 06, 2014

Leanne Prain, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, 778.782.9223,
Fiona Burrows, PAMR, 778.782.3928,

In celebration of Black History Month, Simon Fraser University is hosting a performance and a youth workshop at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, an intriguing talk about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X at the Harbour Centre campus and a mixed media installation at the Surrey campus.

SFU Woodward's presents Martin, Mandela and You! A Weekend of Tribute to 20th Century Liberation Movements, a series of culturally rich events including dance, drumming, spoken-word performances and a youth workshop.

Sat., Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Tickets ($20):

Cabaret features Dalannah Gail Bowen Quintet singing Songs of Freedom & Tribute, a new work by Marion Landers, with drumming by Albert St. Albert Smith. It features contemporary dance and spoken-word performances by: Kwesi Ameyaw, Marisa Gold, Scruffmouth the Scribe, Janelle Reid and Manuela Sosa.  Cabaret is a co-presentation by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, the National Congress of Black Women and urban ink theatre.

Sun., Feb. 16, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Free admission with pre-registration (

A Boldskool Workshop for African-Canadian youth aged 13 to 21 interested in a hands-on hip-hop creation workshop with an Afroc-centric theme. The focus will be breakdancing, beat-boxing and spoken word.

Wed., Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m.
SFU Vancouver-Harbour Centre campus
515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
Rooms 1420-1430
Free admission

Special Talk: The Yin-Yang of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Karen Ferguson from Duke University will discuss and complicate your idea of both men and deepen your understanding of the African American freedom struggle. More information:

February 2014
SFU Surrey campus library
Mixed media installation
Chantal Gibson is an artist, writer and teacher in SFU’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology who presents Tome: Passages from Black History, an excerpt imagined from a large-scale historical narrative about the African diaspora.  Made with coffee and cotton, two products that drove the economy of the African slave trade, the work imagines a history—fragmented, folded, twisted, entwined—bound into a topographical and sensorial landscape of memory.  More information:

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