Join Black History Manitoba to mark Emancipation Day, acknowledge the past and recognize the vital role played by Black communities in Canada.
This vibrant event on Friday, August 4 will feature live music, food and drinks, and the chance to reflect on the legacy of slavery in Canada.
At 6:00 p.m. enjoy a reception with complimentary appetizers and beverages.
The program begins at 6:30 with emcee Natalie Bell, the force behind the PegCityLovely blog. It will include a dance presentation from ANANSI School for the Performing Arts, spoken word by Mr. Bancroft Williams, drumming by Jay Stoller of Drum Cafe, an art exhibit, and special guest speakers.
A free concert will follow featuring live musical performances and DJ.
There is no admission to this event. The Museum offers free Friday nights, where visitors can explore all the CMHR has to offer after 5:00 p.m.
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.