Black History Manitoba presents Emancipation Celebration

Join us for an evening of soulful conversations/reflections, a reception, concert and more to mark this important day

Friday, August 2, 2024

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Photo: CMHR, Rachel Okot

Event details

Free; registration is required
Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1

6 p.m. – Doors open
6:30 p.m. – Program begins
8 p.m. – Program ends, reception begins, Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change exhibition opens
9 p.m. – Doors open for concert

Language and Accessibility:
This event is offered primarily in English. The Museum strives to be accessible to all.

In partnership with Black History Manitoba, the Museum is hosting a celebration to mark Emancipation Day, acknowledge the past and recognize the vital role played by Black communities in Canada.

This vibrant event will feature thought‐provoking discussions, presentations and a chance to reflect on the legacy of slavery in this country. 

At 6 p.m., doors will open for guests to find their seats. While guests arrive, they will be greeted by the unique sounds of steelpan drums. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

After the program, a reception will follow and guests will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition, Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change.

At 9 p.m., stay for a free concert as part of the Beyond the Beat Music Series. Enjoy a high‐energy concert by award‐winning hip‐hop artist, emcee and Netflix original docuseries host Shad Kadrango (better known as Shad or Shad K). 

Separate registration is required for the concert. Register here.

About Emancipation Day

Slavery is part of Canada’s story, but too often the stories of tens of thousands of Black and Indigenous people who were enslaved in Canada are forgotten.

In 2021, the Government of Canada established August 1 as Emancipation Day. It marks the day in 1834 when the Slavery Abolition Act came into force throughout the British Empire.

Learn more about this history of slavery, the long road to emancipation and the continuing racism in Canada here.

Relevant Content

Shad in Concert

Friday, August 2, 2024

Cost: Free; registration is required

Location: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1

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Black history and human rights

Discover Black stories, voices, struggles and triumphs. Learn about personal and collective acts of resistance and the ongoing fight for equality. Reflect on how we can work to end colonial and racist systems of repression.

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