Celebrating Black Joy this February
February 1, 2024
This February, the Upper Grand District School Board is honouring Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Joy.
This month is about more than history. In 2021, Upper Grand students driving this work requested that the month be named Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures month. This intentional name represents a balanced approach to understanding that the history, reality, and future of people of the African diaspora involves immense racism and injustice including slavery as well as excellence, joy, social justice action, positive contribution, and pre-slavery history.
Some things happening in the UGDSB this month include: guest speakers at schools, and presentations with themes such as celebrating African Culture and Dance, Black excellence in STEM, diverse culinary heritages, Black community, and contributions made in the Canadian military.
The UGDSB Equity Team is also sharing critical considerations and robust resources with staff. Additional events and resources will be shared throughout the month.