Guelph Black Heritage Society Celebrates Black History Month - This event has already occurred
Sunday, February 25, 2018 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
10 Huron Rd., Kitchener, Ontario
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Join us to learn about our local black community. Visitors are welcome to participate in a drumming circle from 1 to 3 p.m. with Gerima Harvey and Jeffrey Cummins. Other activities will be scheduled throughout the day.
12 p.m. - Story Reading - Join our staff for story reading in the Hall of Fame – Museum M
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.- Drumming Circle- Join Gerima Harvey and Jeffrey Cummins for a family drumming circle.
4 p.m. - Coming to Canada - Explore local stories of those who came to the region - Museum K
A special thank you to our community partners for helping us put on this event.
The Guelph Black Heritage Society (GBHS) was formed after the BME Church was listed for sale in November 2011. The purpose of the GBHS is to preserve the historical significance of the BME Church by creating a cultural, historical and social centre within Guelph and Wellington County.
The Guelph BME (British Methodist Episcopal) Church has stood at 83 Essex Street since 1880. The church had direct associations with the fugitive slave movement and is located within a Guelph neighbourhood that was the historical settling area for the black community. The BME Church became the religious focus and centre of community life. It served as a meeting place for the black community, providing a safe-haven for them.
In August 2013, 83 Essex Street, now renamed the Heritage Hall, was designated a heritage building by the City of Guelph. The GBHs has launched the “Rampin’ It Up!” fundraising campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to achieve wheelchair accessibility into Heritage Hall via the Freedom Ramp, foyer and accessible washroom. The fundraising goal is $50,000 and we will accept donations of labour and materials to help off-set construction costs.
For more information:www.guelphblackheritage.ca
Gerima Harvey, a dynamic percussionist and soloist is a member of many musical relationships. He hears the beat of yonder drummers and possesses a unique gift of being able to gel with any art form and artist. From studio to stage, this magical musical genius inspires everyone, everywhere.
Jeffrey Cummins (aka Shaka Zulu) was born in Barbados and spent 13 years living in Holland where he performed extensively all over Europe including countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Estonia and Italy. He was involved in many aspects of the entertainment industry including performing African dance, African drumming, fire shows, dance choreography, and costume design/creation. He now resides in K-W where he continues to perform at various festivals and private parties.
Together they will facilitate a beginner workshop that will introduce participants to sounds and music within them.
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