We’re not just the newcomers to the Island, we’re not just international students. We’re not just coming from other places, we have lived here and we’ve survived here a long time.
How we came to be
The Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island (BCSPEI) was founded in 2016 because of the gap left by the dissolution of the Black Islanders Cooperative and the growing need for an organization to represent, support and advocate for the growing Black community on Prince Edward Island as well as the descendants of Black Islanders.
Original Board members, Scott Parsons, Kendi Tarichia, and Sarah Tamula started BCSPEI’s journey by securing a number of local partnerships to assist them in creating an annual focus on the recognition of Black History Month and on cultural project development for Charlottetown’s Art in the Open Festival.
New board members were selected in 2019 to continue the work. Tamara Steele, Chijioke (Ceejay) Amadi, Ikechukwu (Daniel) Ohaegbu, and Sarah Tamula have continued with Black History Month programming but have been able to expand and increase outreach. They are presently in the midst of strategic planning and organizational development to create a solid, sustainable foundation so that more needs of the community can be met.
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