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UNB kicks off Black history month with bi-campus events

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Feb 1, 2024

Category: Press Releases

February is Black history month and beginning on Feb. 1, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) is kicking off a series of events across our campuses to acknowledge and celebrate the lives and achievements of Black Canadians.

All month long, UNB is partnering with community organizations to present a series of dynamic and interactive initiatives. These include film series, art exhibits, sporting events and the department of history’s eighth annual Black History Month lecture from Dr. Christopher Stuart Taylor.

A highlight will be Black History Through the Senses - a multi-sensory trip into the histories of Black people. This unique event is in collaboration with the and Battle of the Arts NB (BOTA NB) and will take place on Feb. 15 on the Fredericton campus and Feb. 22 on the Saint John campus.

“Black History is about paying homage to Black people who were committed to improving the lives of others as they endured colonization and enslavement,” said Nadia Richards, associate vice-president of human rights and equity at UNB.

“It is a time to remember the hard work carried out by the Black community to create equitable spaces and communities of belonging. By honouring our history, we can cultivate a rich and diverse culture within the walls of the university and beyond. Black History is about aspiring toward a different future.”

The community is invited to UNB to take part in these events to learn more about the rich history of Black Canadians. Together, we can build a safe and thriving community based on the shared values of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Full schedule of events.

Media contact: Kathleen McLaughlin, Media Relations Strategist, talktous@unb.ca.