Of PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Allies,
What a month! My body is tired, but my heart is full. A sincere THANK YOU to everyone who came out to partake in our Black History Month events this month. Thank you for being willing to take in, share, and contribute to the necessary dialogue and learning. A sincere THANK YOU to all the participants, speakers, and performers who helped to make this month the huge success that it was. I planned it, but YOU ALL MADE IT AMAZING! BHM 2021 felt special on account of the very different climate in which we celebrated this year, and we are grateful that we were able to expand our audience through the magic of social media and with thanks to the talent and expertise of the one and only Bianca Pilar García Ureña for helping to make that happen. Thank you to Daniel Ohaegbu for all your help organizing this month; and a massive thank you to the BCSPEI Board of Directors for your constant and unwavering support. And thank you to our partners and funders for believing in the work we do, to make life on PEI more equitable and inclusive: Film PEI; UPEI Student Union; Innovation PEI through the PEI Culture Action Plan; Canadian Heritage through the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program; Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Black History Month is an obvious opportunity for everyone to learn about the contributions that Black people have made to society nationally and globally throughout history, but it is so important to remember that Black people exist outside of February. We are here every day of every month of every year and our contributions to society are prolific, continuous, and excellent. The systemic and societal, anti-racist change that needs to happen must be a constant consideration as we move through life every day, not just the 28 days of the shortest, coldest month of the year. Brothers, sisters, and allies alike, keep educating yourselves and keep the dialogue open. Remain vigilant. Remain compassionate.
To our Black community: you are beautiful, you are worthy, you are history in the making; and BCS is excited to connect with you in the coming months to create programming and services specifically for you to help our community grow and thrive together. You are our inspiration, and you are the reason we exist.
Love, peace, and respect to all.
Happy Black History Month!
Tamara Steele - Executive Director, BCSPEI
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