5 Ways to Celebrate African Heritage Month With Your Family

The province of Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities, dating back over 400 years.

The 2019 theme for African Heritage Month is “Our History is Your History”. This theme recognizes the unique story of African Nova Scotians and how this story is interwoven throughout the past, present and future of all Nova Scotians.

There are plenty of ways you can celebrate African Heritage Month with your family, from concerts and performances, to storytime and crafts. Since our list only provides a highlight of events, please consult the African Nova Scotia Affairs Office Calendar  and the Halifax Public Libraries African Heritage Month page.

But from us, here are some ideas of how to celebrate this important month in Halifax with your family:

1. Visit the Africville Museum

Have you been here yet? If not, then now is the time. The Africville Museum stands as a testament to the strength of an African-Halagonian community that witnessed the destruction of their schools,  homes and church to make way for industrial development in the 1960’s.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: 5795 Africville Rd, Halifax
Phone:  902-455-6558
Website: http://africvillemuseum.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AfricvilleMuseum?fref=ts

2. Check out the Black Cultural Centre

The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia in Cherry Brook, Dartmouth,  was created to protect, preserve and promote the history and culture of African Nova Scotians. Explore th rich history of African Nova Scotians at the museum, library and archives, with your family or group.

Monday – Friday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (June – September only)
Sunday: Closed
Where:  10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook, N.S. B2Z 1A8
Phone: 902-434-6223 Toll Free: 1-800-465-0767 (North America)
Email: contact@bccns.com
Facebook: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia Facebook
Twitter: @BCC_NS

3. NS Mass Choir Presents ‘A Celebration in Song’

Presented by TD and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, ‘A Celebration in Song’ is a special performance in celebration of African Heritage Month. This multi-cultural community gospel choir sings to promote racial harmony and peace.

When: February 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm/7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: various Halifax Public Libraries
Website: Halifax Public Libraries – A Celebration in Song

4. 3rd Annual African Heritage Month Concert

In partnership with the TD Jazz Festival, celebrate African Heritage Month with a fun musical performance at the Halifax North Public Library

When: Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Halifax North Memorial Public Library

5. “R” is for Reparations

Join National and International guests to see the results of the book-in-a-day venture that was created last year during African Heritage Month at Halifax North Memorial Public Library. Join the Global Afrikan Congress – Nova Scotia Chapter and Halifax’s youth authors as they unveil and read from the first ever children’s book on Reparations for Afrikan people. Lunch will be  provided.

When: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 pam – 1:00 pm
Where: Halifax North Memorial Public Library

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