February is Black Histories and Futures Month, which recognizes historic and current contributions of Black Canadians and communities, and celebrates the future. Here is a look at what is happening in 2024 to recognize the month at Queen’s Health Sciences and Queen’s University.
- BMSA: Black Histories and Futures Month Opening Ceremonies (February 1, 12:30 p.m, School of Medicine Building atrium). A display created by the Black Medical Students Association (BMSA) will hang in the atrium throughout February. It will explore the history Black Canadians and medicine. Speakers at the unveiling event will include student leaders.
- Black Histories and Futures Month: Virtual Opening Address (January 31, 12 p.m., online): This is the 11th annual opening ceremony to kick-off Black Histories and Futures Month for the overall Queen’s and Kingston community. The BHFM calendar will also be launched (which goes live on Feb. 1) highlighting activities and events planned on campus and in Kingston throughout the month (submit your event through this form). Register for the virtual event.
- Black Histories and Futures Month Opening Reception (February 9, 5:30pm, Kingston Grand Theatre). Join Black-identifying Kingston community members and their allies from across various local organizations. Featuring authentic Afro-Caribbean Food provided by Ellas Cuisine and Sally’s Roti. This is a free event however registration is required to ensure food availability and venue capacity: Register Here.
- A Conversation with Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden (March 5, 2024; 4:30 - 6:00pm, School of Medicine Building, Room 132A). Dr. OmiSoore H. Dryden, a Black queer femme and associate professor, is the James R Johnston Endowed Research Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Faculty of Medicine; Interim Director of the Black Studies Research Institute (in STEMM) at Dalhousie University, and the co-founder and co-lead of the national organization, The Black Health Education Collaborative. Dr. Dryden will deliver a guest lecture through a collaboration between Black Studies, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Queen's Health Studies). Register here.
Social Media and Storytelling
Throughout February, QHS will be sharing digital content that highlights Black excellence and the work of Black alumni, faculty, and learners. Plans include video interviews with student leaders, remarks from the School of Medicine’s oldest living Black alumni, Dr. Lanval Daly, and a spotlight on campus locations where you can learn about Queen’s 1918 ban on Black medical students, including the plinth unveiled last September and artwork by Chaka Chikodzi.
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