This Black History Month event is about education youth of all colour in the Lower Mainland about the historical impacts blacks have made in Canada, North America and beyond. The education system in the Lower Mainland at most schools does not offer enough education to its students during the month of February on Black History Month from my personal experiences. In additions, depending on where an individual lives she or he might not come into contact with professional lawyers, teachers, musicians, filmmakers, counsellors etc of African or Caribbean heritage.
On February 12th, 2011 at Douglas College, New Westminster several professionals and artist from around the Lower Mainland will be volunteering their time for this three-hour event to speaker to a large, diverse audience on different “hot-button” topics important to youth, young adults and adults. This symposium welcomes all people to join together and become inspired by this special event that honours Black History in Canada. This will be the 3rd annual Youth Symposium in Room 1614 of the Douglas College Campus on 700 Royal Avenue in New Westminster.
The event begins at 12:30 PM, including light appetizers and beverages, courtesy of the Consulate General of Ghana for British Columbia, McDonalds & the Jamaican Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia.
Here are a few of the following, fantastic Guest Speakers this year:
•Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable George Amaoko
•Lincoln Thorne, Filmmaker
•Fortunate Sonya, Poet
•Omari Newton, Musician & Actor of “Blue Mountain State”
•Geoff Ayi-Bonte, Senior Counselling Therapist Balance & Support
•Kevan “Scruffmouth” Cameron, Dub poet & Performer
•Obediya Jones, Musician & Author
Supported by TAN- TheAfroNews
By Bernard Piprah
MAIS Graduate Student