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Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:15 AM - Registration 9:30 AM - Meeting Refreshments to follow. ****************** Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia 10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook, NS Presentation of Annual Report Society Members and General Public are Encouraged to attend. Catherine Hartling,Corporate Secretary Please RSVP contact@bccns.com

VANSDA AGM

The Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association will be holding its annual General Meeting at the Gibson Woods Community Hall. The event is open to public and all are welcome are attend.

The Green Book

A Must See - Gemini Award Winner Jackie Richardson and R & B Hall of Fame (Detroit) inductee Dutch Robinson take the stage in the World Premier of THE GREEN BOOK,  October 5th to 8th at Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia  Inspired by the 1936-66 brochure THE NEGRO MOTORISTS GREEN BOOK which ensured safe travel for coloured motorists during the Jim Crow era, THE GREEN BOOK celebrates the powerful role businesses played in defying oppression and racism.  It was the collection of business who were willing to publish their names in this guide, that changed the face of travel for coloured people in the U.S, Canada,Mexico, Bermuda and Alaska.  Synopsis:  There is a reason this is “the road not taken.”  Coloureds who live here know the Jim Crow rules.  Driving from Nova Scotia to L.A was meant to be an adventure.  Carl Jarvis learns that this journey is not for the weak, and no man should attempt it without THE GREEN BOOK. 

Our Partnership: Toward Health and Self-Esteem

Health Association of African Canadians & the Association of Black Social Workers Come and join us to hear from presenters Tyler Simmonds on his story with Mental Health, as well as presenter Folami Jones on Self Esteem and the African Canadian Women  

The Green Book

A Must See - Gemini Award Winner Jackie Richardson and R & B Hall of Fame (Detroit) inductee Dutch Robinson take the stage in the World Premier of THE GREEN BOOK,  October 5th to 8th at Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia  Inspired by the 1936-66 brochure THE NEGRO MOTORISTS GREEN BOOK which ensured safe travel for coloured motorists during the Jim Crow era, THE GREEN BOOK celebrates the powerful role businesses played in defying oppression and racism.  It was the collection of business who were willing to publish their names in this guide, that changed the face of travel for coloured people in the U.S, Canada,Mexico, Bermuda and Alaska.  Synopsis:  There is a reason this is “the road not taken.”  Coloureds who live here know the Jim Crow rules.  Driving from Nova Scotia to L.A was meant to be an adventure.  Carl Jarvis learns that this journey is not for the weak, and no man should attempt it without THE GREEN BOOK. 

Pre Employment Essential Skills Program

This 8 week program is designed to give participants an understanding of the 9 Essential (Workplace) Skills as defined by Human Resources Skill Development Canada (HRSDC) – Numeracy; Reading; Writing; Document Use; Working with Others; Computer Use; Critical Thinking; Oral Communication and Continuous Learning. The PEESP program uses multiple methods to engage participants in examining and comprehending how these are practically applied in the workplace. Eligibility guidelines limit access to this program to those that are unemployed and non EI eligible. For more information contact Lisa at 902 -678-7410. There are a limited number of seats available.

Maritimes Natural Hair and Beauty Show

Celebrate with us, the first ever natural hair and beauty show in the Maritimes! The event promotes the hair and beauty community in the areas by creating a space where the public can come together to learn, share ideas, and have fun.

“To Do Our Share”: The African Canadian Experience in World War 1

Date:                     Friday, Oct., 21, 2016, at 6pm and Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 beginning at 8 am. Registration:      http://www.blackbattalion.com, or call 902-585-1296 or 902-495-0815 Cost:                      $45 in advance, $50 at the door.  Students $20/$25.  All meals and refreshments are included. Contacts:             Claudine Bonner, Assistant Professor, SociologyDepartment, claudine.bonner@acadiau.ca 902-585, 1296 Karolyn Smardz Frost, Visiting Professor, History & Classics Department, ksmardz@acadiau.ca, 902-385-2868 PRESS RELEASE: Please join us for our upcoming symposium at Acadia University.  It is entitled To Do Our Share: The African Canadian Experience in WW1,  and is being held in honour of Reverend William A. White and the No. 2 Construction Battalion.  A special Friday night Friday night event, Our Excluded Past: WW1 and Discriminatory Enlistment is sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada and is also open to the community.  Reverend William A. White was Acadia's second Black graduate (1903), and the only African Canadian commissioned officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The No. 2 Construction Battalion – the famous “Black Battalion” - was Canada’s only segregated unit in World War 1.  The Canadian military resisted African Canadian enlistment until 1916, when petitions and letters to Members of Parliament were finally successful.  The soldiers of the No. 2 served courageously in England and France, providing essential support services for the war effort. The symposium will take place at Acadia’s beautiful Fountain Commons.  Our Excluded Past: WW1 and Discriminatory Enlistment begins on Friday evening, Oct. 21, 2016, with registration at 5 pm followed by refreshments.  At 7 pm filmmaker Anthony Sherwood will present his remarkable film Honour Before Glory based on the wartime diaries of his great-uncle, the Reverend William A. White. A discussion will follow, with questions from the audience. On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 To Do Our Share”: The African Canadian Experience in World War 1 begins with a light breakfast at 8 am, with a warm welcome starting at 9 am.  There will be three panels entitled “Reverend William A. White: Faith, Courage and Community”; “Black Men and the Great War;” and the “African Canadian Experience in WW1: Commemoration and the Creation of Public Memory.” Special presentations will include a lunch-time keynote, also sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada, by Dr. James St. George Walker, who is the author of ““Race and Recruitment in World War 1: Enlistment of Visible Minorities in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.”A feature of the symposium will be student posters commemorating the experience of other racial and ethnic groups excluded from the well-known narratives of the First World War. There will be a gala dinner presentation bypoets George Borden, author of “The Black Soldier’s Lament,” and Dr. Afua Cooper, author of "Negro Cemeteries."  Book and DVD signings by Anthony Sherwood, Lindsay R. Ruck, and Dr. Walker are planned, and there will be publishers in attendance with volumes and other items of interest to participants. Descendants of No. 2 Construction Battalion veterans are invited to bring with them letters, documents, medals, parts of uniforms, or other historical items pertaining to their ancestors' service. The Nova Scotia Museums are sponsoring a “pop-up museum,” where WW 1 artifacts and documents can be scanned or photographed.  The plan is to create a digitized archive to be shared between the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Centre and Acadia University so students, teachers, scholars, members of the community and the public can learn more about Reverend White and the No. 2 Construction Battalion,who served this country so bravely and so well. These exciting events are sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the Royal Society of Canada; the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage; Acadia University; the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Centre; and the Wolfville Historical Society.

“To Do Our Share”: The African Canadian Experience in World War 1

Date:                     Friday, Oct., 21, 2016, at 6pm and Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 beginning at 8 am. Registration:      http://www.blackbattalion.com, or call 902-585-1296 or 902-495-0815 Cost:                      $45 in advance, $50 at the door.  Students $20/$25.  All meals and refreshments are included. Contacts:             Claudine Bonner, Assistant Professor, SociologyDepartment, claudine.bonner@acadiau.ca 902-585, 1296 Karolyn Smardz Frost, Visiting Professor, History & Classics Department, ksmardz@acadiau.ca, 902-385-2868 PRESS RELEASE; Please join us for our upcoming symposium at Acadia University.  It is entitled To Do Our Share: The African Canadian Experience in WW1,  and is being held in honour of Reverend William A. White and the No. 2 Construction Battalion.  A special Friday night Friday night event, Our Excluded Past: WW1 and Discriminatory Enlistment is sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada and is also open to the community.  Reverend William A. White was Acadia's second Black graduate (1903), and the only African Canadian commissioned officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The No. 2 Construction Battalion – the famous “Black Battalion” - was Canada’s only segregated unit in World War 1.  The Canadian military resisted African Canadian enlistment until 1916, when petitions and letters to Members of Parliament were finally successful.  The soldiers of the No. 2 served courageously in England and France, providing essential support services for the war effort. The symposium will take place at Acadia’s beautiful Fountain Commons.  Our Excluded Past: WW1 and Discriminatory Enlistment begins on Friday evening, Oct. 21, 2016, with registration at 5 pm followed by refreshments.  At 7 pm filmmaker Anthony Sherwood will present his remarkable film Honour Before Glory based on the wartime diaries of his great-uncle, the Reverend William A. White. A discussion will follow, with questions from the audience. On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 To Do Our Share”: The African Canadian Experience in World War 1 begins with a light breakfast at 8 am, with a warm welcome starting at 9 am.  There will be three panels entitled “Reverend William A. White: Faith, Courage and Community”; “Black Men and the Great War;” and the “African Canadian Experience in WW1: Commemoration and the Creation of Public Memory.” Special presentations will include a lunch-time keynote, also sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada, by Dr. James St. George Walker, who is the author of ““Race and Recruitment in World War 1: Enlistment of Visible Minorities in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.”A feature of the symposium will be student posters commemorating the experience of other racial and ethnic groups excluded from the well-known narratives of the First World War. There will be a gala dinner presentation by poets George Borden, author of “The Black Soldier’s Lament,” and Dr. Afua Cooper, author of "Negro Cemeteries."  Book and DVD signings by Anthony Sherwood, Lindsay R. Ruck, and Dr. Walker are planned, and there will be publishers in attendance with volumes and other items of interest to participants. Descendants of No. 2 Construction Battalion veterans are invited to bring with them letters, documents, medals, parts of uniforms, or other historical items pertaining to their ancestors' service. The Nova Scotia Museums are sponsoring a “pop-up museum,” where WW 1 artifacts and documents can be scanned or photographed.  The plan is to create a digitized archive to be shared between the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Centre and Acadia University so students, teachers, scholars, members of the community and the public can learn more about Reverend White and the No. 2 Construction Battalion,who served this country so bravely and so well. These exciting events are sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the Royal Society of Canada; the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage; Acadia University; the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Centre; and the Wolfville Historical Society.