TD Presents: African Heritage Month
Opening Night

Come and share in this annual community celebration that launches African Heritage Month in Halifax. The evening features the traditional Opening Night ceremony, musical entertainment, and greetings from special guests. A reception will follow the official program.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Black History Month Association

Halifax North Memorial - Thursday January 25th @ 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Puppet Shows
Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock

Ages 0-8

Will Mouse finally teach the trickster Anansi a lesson?

Event Location: Program Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour - Thursday February 1st @ 10:30am - 11:00am

In Concert: JR Smith Trio

From North Preston, Jonathan (JR) Smith is a "young drumming phenomenon" on the rise. "Everything is a feeling, I play what I feel," he says of his improvisational style.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Halifax Jazz Festival

Halifax North Memorial - Thursday February 1st @ 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Puppet Shows
Too Much Talk: a West African folktale

All ages

A talking yam! Whoever heard of such a thing? Certainly not the farmer in this African folktale, whose yam yaks. And not the fisherman, whose fish declares that yams can speak. And what will the king say when he hears of all this foolish talk? Based on the book by Angela Shelf Medearis

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Alderney Gate - Saturday February 3rd @ 10:30am - 11:00am

Movie
Selma

Rated PG

Directed by Ava Duvernay, a chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Saturday February 3rd @ 1:30pm - 1:30pm

African Music and Movement

All ages

Learn to move to the rich rhythms of African music. Toria Aidoo, a music teacher from Ghana, has her students from the African Cultural Awareness and Supplemental Program with her. They are warming up to provide a special all ages African Heritage Month program where participants learn to dance.

Event location: Thomas Raddall Room

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Keshen Goodman - Saturday February 3rd @ 2:00pm

Play Mancala
The Classic African Board Game

All ages

Versions of this strategy-based board game have been played for centuries around the world (even in ancient Egypt!), and many different forms are played across Africa, including Oware and Ayò in West Africa. In this seed sowing game, opponents try to capture each other's collection of seeds while moving around a wooden board. Expert player Ayo Aladejebi will teach you the basics of Oware and Ayò and make you a fan of these great games for all ages. Be entertained and discover many life lessons at the same time.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Bedford - Saturday February 3rd @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Small Business Cafe Networking Group

Meet, learn, and share your experiences and issues with other small business owners like yourself. Bring your business cards and get ready to connect. Discover resources to find answers to your questions. Our guest speaker, Emo Ikede, is the founder of EjiTech Group, a book author, and an editor of a personal finance blog. He will be sharing his experience using free or low cost technology tools to reach more customers, improve marketing, and reduce operating costs.

The Small Business Cafe is a monthly networking for small business start-ups and owners.

Event Location: RBC Learning Centre

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Central - Monday February 5th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

African Dancing
with Abena Tuffour aka Abena Beloved Green

Ages 6-Adult

Abena uses movement to create, engage, and elevate. She is a solo and group dancer of traditional and modern West African Dances and is an enthusiast of various styles of African dance. Abena is also a writer and poet. She sees dance as poetry in physical form. Her book, The Way We Hold On will be released in winter/spring 2018 with Pottersfield Press.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Tuesday February 6th @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm

African Dancing
with Abena Tuffour aka Abena Beloved Green

Ages 6-Adult

Abena uses movement to create, engage, and elevate. She is a solo and group dancer of traditional and modern West African Dances and is an enthusiast of various styles of African dance. Abena is also a writer and poet. She sees dance as poetry in physical form. Her book, <em>The Way We Hold On</em> will be released in winter/spring 2018 with Pottersfield Press.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Alderney Gate - Tuesday February 6th @ 7:00pm

African American Read In

Ages 0-8

Get to know some awesome books at the African American Read in at the Library. It's a celebration of great books, songs, and more by African-Canadian and African-American authors. Everyone is welcome.

Event Location: Program Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour - Wednesday February 7th @ 10:30am - 11:15am

A Celebration in Song
Nova Scotia Mass Choir

Ages 6-Adult

This multi-cultural community gospel choir sings to promote racial harmony and peace. The choir had its debut at the 1992 International Gospel Festival in Halifax, and their signature event is an annual concert to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They have shared the stage with many noted artists including Cissy Houston. This special performance will be sure to lift your spirits.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Central - Wednesday February 7th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Puppet Show
African Heritage Month Special

All ages

Join us to watch a puppet show celebrating African Heritage Month.

Event location: Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Thursday February 8th @ 10:30am - 11:00am

Discover African Cuisine
Food Demonstration and Tasting

All ages

Discover some of the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine/ Noblemay Catering. Mary will demonstrate how to make a special African dish and we will get to taste it. Families are welcome.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Tantallon - Thursday February 8th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

African Heritage Quiz for Adults

The Rematch is on! Our talented teams from last Fall's African Heritage Quiz take to the Halifax Public Libraries stage again, displaying their knowledge of Black history and culture. Will Halifax or Dartmouth be victorious this time? We invite everyone to come out and cheer on both teams as they battle again for African Heritage Month supremacy.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Thursday February 8th @ 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Movie
A United Kingdom

Rated PG

David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in this inspiring true story of the forbidden love between the King of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940s. When they decided to marry just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. But their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.

Event Location: Room 301

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Central - Friday February 9th @ 10:00am

African American Read In

All ages

Get to know some awesome books at the African American Read in at the Library. It's a celebration of great books, songs, and more by African-Canadian and African-American authors. Everyone is welcome.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Musquodoboit Harbour - Friday February 9th @ 10:30am - 11:30am

Storytime
African Stories

Ages 1-5

February is African Heritage Month. To celebrate, we will read stories and sing songs about Africa. Then, we will make our very own paper giraffe to take home with us.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

J.D. Shatford Memorial - Friday February 9th @ 10:30am - 11:30am

Live Peformance: Amadou Kienou and the Djeli Sira

The group Djeli Sira (literally "the path of the griot") is composed of master drummers and dancers from the ancient Mandingo Empire of West Africa. True to its name, Djeli Sira preserves the roots of the Malinke griot tradition. Through music, voice, and dance, they express the profound emotions associated with these ancient revered traditions. This cultural expression has a universal appeal and touches the hearts of audiences worldwide.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Africa Festival of Arts and Culture Society

Captain William Spry - Friday February 9th @ 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Teens Make A Difference
Be Engaged, Be Energized, Be Heard!

Teens can be agents of positive change in their lives and their community. All you need is a little experienced guidance to reach agent-status. Join us for a morning of presentations and performances designed to engage and motivate you. Keynote speaker Ms. Jessica Bowden, M.S.M. is a five-time award winning speaker and the founder and publisher of Teens Now Talk Magazine and =ITY Inspiring Today’s Youth Society. Her high- energy, powerful session will plant seeds of inspiration, encourage self-confidence, teach dream building, and leave messages of empowerment. I can! I will!

Event location: Paul O'Regan Hall

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with TeensNowTalk Magazine

Central - Saturday February 10th @ 9:00am - 1:00pm

Play Mancala
The Classic African Game

All ages

Versions of this strategy-based board game have been played for centuries around the world (even in ancient Egypt!), and many different forms are played across Africa.  Opponents try to capture each other's collection of seeds, stones or beans while moving around a wooden board. Expert player Ayo Aladejebi will teach you the basics of Mancala and make you a fan of these great game that can be enjoyed by all ages.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Tantallon - Saturday February 10th @ 10:30am - 12:00pm

African Asimevo Cloth Patterns

Ages 5+

February is African Heritage Month. To celebrate, we will create African Asimevo Patterns on paper. Please note: Children under 5 are more than welcome if accompanied by an adult.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

J.D. Shatford Memorial - Saturday February 10th @ 11:00am - 12:00pm

Amadou Kienou and the Djeli Sira Group
Drums and Dance of Burkina Faso

Ages 6-Adult

The group Djeli Sira (literally "the path of the griot") is composed of master drummers and dancers from the ancient Mandingo Empire of West Africa. True to its name, Djeli Sira preserves the roots of the Malinke griot tradition. Through music, voice, and dance, they express the profound emotions associated with these ancient revered traditions. This cultural expression has a universal appeal and touches the hearts of audiences worldwide.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Africa Festival of Arts and Culture Society

Woodlawn - Saturday February 10th @ 1:00pm

Movie
13th

Rated TV Mature

Director Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Saturday February 10th @ 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

John Coltrane was an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.  This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain inspire and transform Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings Coltrane to life as a fully dimensional being inviting the audience to engage with Coltrane the man, Coltrane the artist.

Event Location: Paul O'Regan Hall

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with TD Halifax Jazz Festival

  

Central - Saturday February 10th @ 2:00pm

A Legacy at Risk
The Struggle for Land Titles in North Preston

For years, many residents of North Preston, and other histotic Black communities in Nova Scotia, have been fighting to get clear titles to their land. When the land was granted to their ancestors, more than 200 years ago, they were not given title, which means even today land cannot be legally passed down to family members and could be sold off by the Crown. This session features videos from the award-winning NSCC student journalism project “Untitled: The Legacy of Land in North Preston” and a discussion facilitated by Angela Simmonds, a Community Legal Liaison/Advocate.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour - Saturday February 10th @ 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Author Reading: Wanda Lauren Taylor
Ride or Die

Ages 13-Adult

Wanda Taylor's new book for young adults, <em>Ride or Die</em>, draws readers into the dark world of the victims of teenage sex trafficking through the experience of a young girl from rural Nova Scotia. Kanika is a fictional character, but her experience is sadly a reality for thousands of young people. <em>Ride or Die</em> will deepen our understanding of what is a thriving industry in our region and underscores why those who find themselves in it have a right to support and protection, not judgement.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Central - Sunday February 11th @ 2:00pm

African Heritage Youth Quiz: Dartmouth

Grades 7-9

Students from local junior high schools compete in an annual tradition: a game show style quiz that tests their knowledge of African heritage and culture. Cheer for your favourite team! This one of two preliminary matches has Dartmouth/Cole Harbour schools competing to go to the finals.

Snow date: Wednesday, February 14.

Event Location: Program Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour - Tuesday February 13th @ 9:15am - 12:00pm

Discover African Cuisine Food Demonstration and Tasting

Ages 6-Adult

Discover some of the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine/ Noblemay Catering. Mary will demonstrate how to make a special African dish and we will get to taste it. Families are welcome.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Bedford - Tuesday February 13th @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

A Musical Evening with Keonte Beals

Ages 12-Adult

Already a multi-award winning musician, Keonte Beals' future is expanding into a bright one. Enjoy this special opportunity to hear R&B/ Pop artist Keonte's latest work, as well as past favourites.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Alderney Gate - Tuesday February 13th @ 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Club
Ruby, by Cynthia Bond

Loving the beautiful but damaged Ruby all of his life, Ephram is torn between his sister and a chance for a life with Ruby when the latter returns to their small hometown and confronts the forces that traumatized her early years.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Sackville - Wednesday February 14th @ 7:00pm

A Celebration in Song
Nova Scotia Mass Choir

Ages 6-Adult

This multi-cultural community gospel choir sings to promote racial harmony and peace. The choir had its debut at the 1992 International Gospel Festival in Halifax, and their signature event is an annual concert to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They have shared the stage with many noted artists including Cissy Houston. This special performance will be sure to lift your spirits.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Woodlawn - Wednesday February 14th @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

African American Read-In

All ages

Join us in a celebration honouring books and songs by Black authors and musicians from across Canada and the United States. This program is aimed at preschoolers and their caregivers, but everyone is welcome!

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Sackville - Thursday February 15th @ 10:00am - 11:00am

Puppet Shows
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Ages 0-8

Watch this Cinderella tale from East Africa come to life on our stage.

Event Location: Program Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour - Thursday February 15th @ 10:30am - 11:00am

Storytime
African Heritage Month Special

Ages 0-5

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes that celebrate African Heritage Month.

Event location: Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Thursday February 15th @ 10:30am - 11:00am

African Drumming Can Make You Smarter
with Dr. Henry V. Bishop

Ages 8+

Did you know that the process of African-style drumming engages both the rational left brain and the creative right brain? Research shows that playing the drums actually improves your IQ score and self-esteem, and that it is a great way to reduce stress. Come and grow your brainpower in this fun, interactive approach to making rhythmic music with Dr. Henry V. Bishop.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Sheet Harbour - Thursday February 15th @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Play Mancala
The Classic African Board Game

All ages

Versions of this strategy-based board game have been played for centuries around the world (even in ancient Egypt!), and many different forms are played across Africa, including Oware and Ayò in West Africa. In this seed sowing game, opponents try to capture each other's collection of seeds while moving around a wooden board. Expert player Ayo Aladejebi will teach you the basics of Oware and Ayò and make you a fan of these great games for all ages. Be entertained and discover many life lessons at the same time.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Musquodoboit Harbour - Thursday February 15th @ 3:45pm - 5:15pm

MAJE Presents Local Teen Talent

Performer MAJE will be hosting a special teens only performance and showcase in the Library's garage.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Thursday February 15th @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Lift Every Voice 3
African Heritage Month Musical Showcase

Ages 12-Adult

It’s back! Lift Every Voice is ready for its third annual gala performance night. The producers with African Nova Scotian Music Association (ANSMA) are proud to present another line-up of stars from our African Nova Scotian music community. The evening promises to be good for the soul, energizing for the heart, and one more demonstration of a grand-scale celebration of amazing Nova Scotia talent.

Event location: Paul O'Regan Hall

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with African Nova Scotian Music Association

Central - Thursday February 15th @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Author Reading: Shauntay Grant
The Walking Bathroom

Ages 3+

Shauntay Grant is an award-winning author and storyteller from Halifax, Nova Scotia. A descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black refugees who came to Canada, Shauntay’s love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities. Her newest book, <em>The Walking Bathroom</em>, is a sweet story of standing out and fitting in, and it is filled with fun, vibrant artwork from Erin Bennett Banks (<em>Change of Heart</em>). All ages are welcome.

Event location: Program Room

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour - Friday February 16th @ 10:00am - 11:00am

Elle-Liv-Ate

In this program for women of African origin and friends, Monique James will guide you through living an empowered existence, with optimized outcomes and wellness, despite the chaos that may exist around you.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Friday February 16th @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

You're Awesome, Africa

Ages 0-5

We mark African Heritage Month with stories, songs, and a craft.

Event Location: Thomas Raddall Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Keshen Goodman - Saturday February 17th @ 10:00am - 10:45am

Movie
I Will Follow

Not Rated

Directed by Ava Duvernay, her first feature film chronicles a day in the life of a woman at a crossroads, and the twelve visitors who help her move forward.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Saturday February 17th @ 1:00pm - 2:50pm

Play Mancala
The Classic African Board Game

All ages

Versions of this strategy-based board game have been played for centuries around the world (even in ancient Egypt!), and many different forms are played across Africa, including Oware and Ayò in West Africa. In this seed sowing game, opponents try to capture each other's collection of seeds while moving around a wooden board. Expert player Ayo Aladejebi will teach you the basics of Oware and Ayò and make you a fan of these great games for all ages. Be entertained and discover many life lessons at the same time.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Saturday February 17th @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Righteously Political Poetry: Canticles vs. Slavery and vs. Imperialism
with George Elliott Clarke

George Elliott Clarke will recite recent poetry attacking slavery and imperialism--5 centuries worth. He will read from his ongoing epic poem, Canticles, specifically Canticles I (MMXVI) and Canticles I (MMXVII). He will also read poems from Gold. The recent Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17) and Toronto Poet Laureate (2012-15) has won an international reputation for poetic excellence - before eyes and in ears - and delivers unforgettable performances of unapologetically visceral verse.

Event Location: Paul O'Regan Hall

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Central - Saturday February 17th @ 2:00pm

Movie
Middle of Nowhere

Rated 14A

Directed by Ava Duvernay. When her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison, Ruby drops out of medical school in order to focus on her husband's well-being while he's incarcerated. Her decision leads her on a journey of self-discovery.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Saturday February 17th @ 3:00pm - 4:45pm

African Heritage Read-In
with Shauntay Grant

Ages 3-7

Come celebrate African‐Canadian and African‐American authors and illustrators with special guest Shauntay Grant. There will be stories, songs, and snacks. The African‐American Read-In is a worldwide event established in 1990 as part of African Heritage Month to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors.

Event location: Lindsay Children's Room

Central - Sunday February 18th @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Play Mancala
The Classic African Board Game

All ages

Versions of this strategy-based board game have been played for centuries around the world (even in ancient Egypt!), and many different forms are played across Africa, including Oware and Ayò in West Africa. In this seed sowing game, opponents try to capture each other's collection of seeds while moving around a wooden board. Expert player Ayo Aladejebi will teach you the basics of Oware and Ayò and make you a fan of these great game for all ages. Be entertained and discover many life lessons at the same time. To register, please call 902-865-3744 or visit us at the Information Desk.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Sackville - Tuesday February 20th @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Panel Discussion: Journalism—Social Justice and Social Media
Black Voice Perspectives featuring Desmond Cole

Journalist Desmond Cole and a panel of community members will explore the impact and influence of all forms of media on Black lives and Black communities. We will discuss how to define our portrayal and enliven the phrase #we will tell our truths. Panelists include: Sandra Hannebohm, a journalist with The Signal at University of King's College; Vanessa Fells, a Public Programming and Outreach Coordinator with the Black Loyalist Heritage Society; El Jones, the Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, poet, and community activist; and Babatunde Balogun, a journalism student at University of King's College.

Event location: Paul O'Regan Hall

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute

Central - Tuesday February 20th @ 6:30pm

The Act of Caring: History of African Nova Scotians and Nursing

Trailblazer Dr. Clotilda (Douglas) Yakimchuk will provide a historical narrative on efforts to create space for African Nova Scotians in the Nursing Profession and the triumphs that have followed.

Dr. Clotilda (Douglas) Yakimchuk has received the Order of Canada, is an Honourary Degree Recipient (Cape Breton University), a Harry Jerome Award Recipient, and sits as the Past President of the National Nurses Association of Canada. Refreshments will be served.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries; and in partnership with the Africentric Learning Institute (ALI) in association with Promoting Leadership for African Nova Scotians in Health (PLANS) and the Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC).

Halifax North Memorial - Tuesday February 20th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

African Heritage Youth Quiz: Halifax

Grades 7-9

Students from local junior high schools compete in an annual tradition: a game show style quiz that tests their knowledge of African heritage and culture. Cheer for your favourite team! This one of two preliminary matches has Halifax schools competing to go to the finals and play a match against Dartmouth/Cole Harbour's top school.

Snow date: Wednesday, February 28.  

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries.

Halifax North Memorial - Wednesday February 21st @ 9:15am - 12:00pm

African American Read In

All ages

Get to know some awesome books at the African American Read in at the Library. It's a celebration of great books, songs, and more by African-Canadian and African-American authors. Everyone is welcome!

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Alderney Gate - Wednesday February 21st @ 9:45am - 10:15am

African American Read In

All ages

Get to know some awesome books at the African American Read in at the Library. It's a celebration of great books, songs, and more by African-Canadian and African-American authors. Everyone is welcome.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Alderney Gate - Wednesday February 21st @ 10:30am - 11:00am

Africville: Can't Stop Now
Film Screening and Discussion with Juanita Peters

Although the destruction of the community of Africville and the relocation of its residents happened in the 1960s, the racism underscoring that decision still affects the lives of African Nova Scotians every day. Understanding the story of Africville can inspire us all to take action to create a more inclusive and just community for all. Award-winning filmmaker Juanita Peters will screen her film <em>Africville: Can't Stop Now</em> and facilitate a discussion following the screening.

Event location: Paul O'Regan Hall

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Africville Heritage Trust

Central - Wednesday February 21st @ 6:30pm

A Celebration in Song
Nova Scotia Mass Choir

This multi-cultural community gospel choir sings to promote racial harmony and peace. The choir had its debut at the 1992 International Gospel Festival in Halifax, and their signature event is an annual concert to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They have shared the stage with many noted artists including Cissy Houston. This special performance will be sure to lift your spirits.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Captain William Spry - Wednesday February 21st @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Author Reading: Wanda Lauren Taylor
Ride or Die

Ages 13-Adult

Wanda Taylor's new book for young adults, Ride or Die, draws readers into the dark world of the victims of teenage sex trafficking through the experience of a young girl from rural Nova Scotia. Kanika is a fictional character, but her experience is sadly a reality for thousands of young people. Ride or Die will deepen our understanding of what is a thriving industry in our region and underscores why those who find themselves in it have a right to support and protection, not judgement.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Wednesday February 21st @ 7:00pm

Puppet Shows
Flossie and the Fox

All ages

A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when he discovers a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Bedford - Thursday February 22nd @ 10:30am

Play Mancala
The Classic African Board Game

All ages

Versions of this strategy-based board game have been played for centuries around the world (even in ancient Egypt!), and many different forms are played across Africa, including Oware and Ayò in West Africa. In this seed sowing game, opponents try to capture each other's collection of seeds while moving around a wooden board. Expert player Ayo Aladejebi will teach you the basics of Oware and Ayò and make you a fan of these great games for all ages. Be entertained and discover many life lessons at the same time.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Sheet Harbour - Thursday February 22nd @ 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Celebrate African-Canadian Women Doing Business in Our Community

In honour of African Heritage Month, join the conversation of Black and Immigrant Women Business Owners. Celebrate with them their achievements through stories, experiences, and a keynote speeches from women of African Descent, who have broken down barriers, faced challenges, and have become internationally known for their business acumen

Event Location: Lindsay Children's Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Black and Immigrant Women Network Association of Nova Scotia and Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services

   

Central - Thursday February 22nd @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Scotian Songwriters Circle

Hear the stories behind the music from some of our top local songwrithers. This acoustic session honours the continuum of storytelling and oral history traditions with African Nova Scotian songwriters sharing their stories and songs, followed by a reception. Guests sharing their stories and songs include Reeny Smith, Deves Matwawana, and Keonte Beals.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Thursday February 22nd @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Puppet Shows
Flossie and the Fox

All ages

Watch as this story comes to life on our puppet stage.

Event Location: Program Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Woodlawn - Friday February 23rd @ 10:30am - 11:00am

Puppet Shows
Flossie and the Fox

All ages

Watch as this story comes to life on our puppet stage.

Event Location: Program Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Woodlawn - Friday February 23rd @ 11:15am - 11:45am

The Black Explosion:
The Halifax Explosion through the Lens of the Black Community

An evening showcase of the stories and experiences of black communities during the Halifax Explosion from elders in the community. New video recordings have allowed elders to speak to the younger generation so that they may learn about the history of African Nova Scotian’s during this tragic time in history.

Event location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Friday February 23rd @ 7:00pm

A Book in a Day

Ages 7-12

Make a book with us—in one day. The Global Afrikan Congress team will create a childrens book in a day with your help, to be published by Fernwood Publishing. After exploring issues of restorative justice for the trans-Atlantic slave trade together in a constructive and interactive way, you can be part of the creation of an ABC book of reparations. Participants will be representative of the African Nova Scotian communities as well as communities at large. Lunch will be included.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Global Afrikan Congress - NS Chapter

Halifax North Memorial - Saturday February 24th @ 10:30am - 3:00pm

African American Read In

Get to know some awesome books at the African American Read in at the Library. It's a celebration of great books, songs, and more by African-Canadian and African-American authors. Everyone is welcome.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Dartmouth North - Saturday February 24th @ 10:30am

Play Mancala
The Classic African Board Game

All ages

Versions of this strategy-based board game have been played for centuries around the world (even in ancient Egypt!), and many different forms are played across Africa, including Oware and Ayò in West Africa. In this seed sowing game, opponents try to capture each other's collection of seeds while moving around a wooden board. Expert player Ayo Aladejebi will teach you the basics of Oware and Ayò and make you a fan of these great games for all ages. Be entertained and discover many life lessons at the same time.

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Central - Saturday February 24th @ 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Natural Hair
with Kienya Booker

Ages 14-Adult

Kienya Booker will provide demos and advice on styling and products for natural Black hair, with an emphasis on styles for parents to do with their kids and teens. Check out Kienya on Facebook and Instagram.

Event Location: Program Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour - Saturday February 24th @ 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Learn the FUN-damentals of African Drumming
with Dr. Henry V. Bishop

All ages

Come see or join in on a fun-filled interactive experience learning about the art and science of African Drumming. Try out this popular healing practise from a well-rounded musician specializing in this amazing ancient tradition.

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Sackville - Saturday February 24th @ 2:30pm - 4:00pm

F.A.M.E - Fashion, Art, Music, Eat!

All ages

Join us for the 3rd Annual F.A.M.E - Fashion Art, Music, Eat! Featuring: Haute Couture Designs, Halifax Multicultural Drummers, ACICC café delights, spoken word artist Titilayo and more!

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Captain William Spry - Sunday February 25th @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Celebrating Business:
A BBI Networking Event

Please join us in celebrating the contribution of Black and Visible Minority Entrepreneurs to our city and province through BBI’s Celebrating Business: Networking Event. This is an opportunity to network, learn, build connections, and enjoy culturally diverse communities.

Event location: Paul O'Regan Hall

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries; In partnership with Black Business Initiative


Central - Tuesday February 27th @ 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Discover African Cuisine
Cooking Workshop

Ages 6-Adult

Discover some of the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine/ Noblemay Catering. With her expert guidance, we will learn how to make a special African dish in this hands-on workshop. Families are welcome. To register, please call 902-865-3744 or visit us at the Information Desk.

TD presents African Heritage Month with Halifax Public Libraries

Sackville - Tuesday February 27th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Puppet Shows
Too Much Talk: A West African Folktale

All ages

A talking yam! Whoever heard of such a thing? Certainly not the farmer in this African folktale, whose yam yaks. And not the fisherman, whose fish declares that yams can speak. And what will the king say when he hears of all this foolish talk? Based on the book by Angela Shelf Medearis

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Alderney Gate - Wednesday February 28th @ 9:45am - 10:15am

Puppet Shows
Melba's Trombone

Based on Katheryn Russell-Brown's children's book Little Melba and Her Big Trombone about a talented, young, black musician. This show will make you want to play a musical instrument. Which one will you pick? In celebration of African Heritage Month.

Event Location: Thomas Raddall Room

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Keshen Goodman - Wednesday February 28th @ 10:30am - 11:00am

Puppet Shows
Too Much Talk: A West African folktale

All ages

A talking yam! Whoever heard of such a thing? Certainly not the farmer in this African folktale, whose yam yaks. And not the fisherman, whose fish declares that yams can speak. And what will the king say when he hears of all this foolish talk? Based on the book by Angela Shelf Medearis

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Alderney Gate - Wednesday February 28th @ 10:30am - 11:00am

A Celebration in Song
Nova Scotia Mass Choir

This multi-cultural community gospel choir sings to promote racial harmony and peace. The choir had its debut at the 1992 International Gospel Festival in Halifax, and their signature event is an annual concert to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They have shared the stage with many noted artists including Cissy Houston. This special performance will be sure to lift your spirits.

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Cole Harbour - Wednesday February 28th @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Discover African Cuisine
Food Demonstration and Tasting

Discover some of the flavours of Africa with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine/ Noblemay Catering. With her expert guidance, we will learn how to make a special African dish in this hands-on workshop. Families are welcome.

Event Location: Terry Symonds Auditorium

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax North Memorial - Thursday March 1st @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm

African Heritage Youth Quiz
Final Championship

Ages 12-15 for contestants (all ages are welcome to watch)

Students from local junior high schools compete in an annual tradition: a game show style quiz that tests their knowledge of African heritage and culture. Cheer for your favourite team!

Event Location: Paul O'Regan Hall

TD presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Central - Monday March 5th @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm