BHM Background and Theme

The Black Cultural Society of PEI (BCSPEI) has officially launched Black History Month to celebrate the various cultures that make up the Island’s Black community. Black History Month is held in February every year to celebrate Black heritage, accomplishments, and important events in the timeline of Black populations throughout history.

This year’s theme is Sankofa: Honouring our Past, Igniting our Future. It was chosen to give PEI’S Black community a platform to reflect on their history and acknowledge the significance of this history in shaping the future. Sankofa symbolizes the ways in which Blackness is redefined in perpetuity and the history as a guidance for current and future generations, said Tamara Steele, the Executive Director of BCSPEI. To ignite one’s future is to illuminate all possibilities, to clearly see the textures and landscapes of those possibilities, she said. “Like the Sankofa bird, we continue to look back to honour the strength, magnificence, and adversities of those who came before us to empower our communities to go beyond.”

Sankofa is a Twi word that means to look back into our past to guide our future. The word Sankofa, and its eponymous bird can be seen with its head turned back while its feet are firmly planted forward. San (Return) Ko (Go) Fa (Look, seek).

BHM 2023 EVENTS

BCS will host an opening celebration where we introduce the upcoming month of activities. The gala event will feature local performing artists, door prizes, and a multi-course meal will be served to attendees.

Event Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023

Event Time: 7pm to 12am (midnight). Doors open at 6.30pm and the dance starts at 10pm.

Location: The Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent St., Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4.

Seats sold out.

BCS members will travel across the Island to raise the Pan-African flag in various locations including Charlottetown, UPEI, Stratford, Kensington, Summerside, and Borden-Carleton. 

Event date, time and loaction respectively:

Feb 1, 9 am: City Hall, 199 Queen Street, Charlottetown.

Feb1, 11 am: UPEI

Feb 1, 2 pm: Town Hall, 234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford. 

Feb 2, 10 am: Town Hall, 55 Victoria Street, Kensington.

Feb 2, 1 pm: City Hall, 275 Fitzroy Street, Summerside.

Feb 2, 1 pm: Borden-Carleton

BCS has collaborated with Upstreet Craft Brewing to create a brand-new alcoholic beverage inspired by our roots in the African diaspora.

Event date: February 3, 2023.

Event time: 6-9pm

Location: Upstreet Craft Brewing Taproom 

This year, BCS will host a networking and connection event for local Black artists.

Event date: February 5, 2023

Event time: 3-4 pm

Location: Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Local featured artists, along with Confederation Centre Art Gallery Curator, Pan Wendt, will give a public tour of the exhibition While Black: a forum for speculation on what the gallery can’t hold.

FEATURED ARTISTS: King Kxndi, Selecta Chevron, Reequal Smith

Event date: February 5, 2023

Event  time: 3-4 pm

Location:  Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Local featured artists, along with Confederation Centre Art Gallery Curator, Pan Wendt, will give a public tour of the exhibition While Black: a forum for speculation on what the gallery can’t hold. Throughout the tour the audience will be treated to the spoken word of local poets in a space of their choosing within the exhibition.

Event date: February 9, 2023

Event time: 7-9 pm

Location: Confederation Centre Art Gallery

BCS will host a Panel Discussion featuring students and faculty from UPEI. Executive Director, Tamara Steele, will moderate a discussion around the experiences of the Black post-secondary student population.

Event date: February 10, 2023

Event  time: 5-7 pm

Location: UPEI Fox & Crow

BCS will host the third annual Luncheon for Women of Colour . This year’s event will be held in person at Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River. Attendees will have the opportunity to share and relate experiences, knowledge, and ideas. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: TBA.

Event date: 11 February 2023

Event time: 11am-2 pm

Location: Harmony House Theatre

Register here to confirm your seat at the event.

Note: This event is open to members of the Black Community.

BCS will host the annual BHM lecture. Speaker and topic TBD.

Event Date: February 12, 2023

Event time: 2-4 pm

Location:  Charlottetown Library Learning Centre

BCS Executive Director, Tamara Steele, will moderate a panel discussion with four Island residents representing different generations within the African diaspora. The discussion will be based on this month’s theme: Sankofa: Honouring Our Past, Igniting Our Future. Panelists TBA.

Event Date: February 15, 2023

Event time: 7-9 pm

Location: Confederation Centre of the Arts, Studio 1

BCS will host the second annual Luncheon for Men of Colour Luncheon. This year’s events will be held in person at Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River. Attendees will have the opportunity to share and relate experiences, knowledge, and ideas. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: TBA

Event Date: February 19, 2023

Event time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Harmony House Theatre

Register here to confirm your seat.

Note: This event is open to members of the Black Community.

BCS will host movie nights with film selections coming from social media polls each week.

Event Date: February 10 & 17,  2023

Event time: To be confirmed

Location: BCS Office, 176 Great George St, Lower Level

BCS will host the first annual Black, Queer & Here! Luncheon.  This year’s event will be held in person at Harmony House Theatre in Hunter River. Attendees will have the opportunity to share and relate experiences, knowledge, and ideas. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: TBA

Event Date: February 26, 2023.

Event time: 11am – 2pm

Location: Harmony House Theatre

Register here to confirm your seat at the event.

Note: This event is open to members of the Black Community.

BCS will host a screening of the short film, REBIRTH, accompanied by a series of short films by PEI-based filmmaker, Dotun Adedoyin of REEL Collective. The screening will take place in the BCS Theatre and will be shown alongside an exhibition of artwork by local Black artists. 

Event Date: February 28, 2023

Event time: 6.30-9.30 pm 

Location: BCS Theatre, 176 Great George St., Charlottetown, PE.

Admission by registration. To register click here.