Black History Month organizer George Kaweesi and African Heritage Society members Seun Odofin, Lori-Ann Ryser and Eyob Abebe are excited about showcasing their culture with the community.
Photo by Andrea Johnson
CNC and the Prince George African Heritage Society are teaming up to present a number of events during the 12th annual Black History Month Celebration in February.
The events are a way of educating the community about Black History Month by inviting guest speakers to talk about their experiences, contributions and some aspects of Black History.
“Events such as these are important to the community because they help bring people together from different cultures and beliefs and show people the diversity of the community,” said Black History Month organizer and CNC instructor George Kaweesi. “We are very excited about this event because it reminds us of how far we’ve come as a people and as a culture.”
The lineup of events that begins Saturday, Feb. 6 includes a movie night at CNC, cooking classes at the African Café (Feb. 8, 15 and 22), an Evening of Song Feb. 20 and the main event Feb. 27 featuring a light dinner, guest speaker, fashion show and dance.
“These events remind everyone that our community is made up of those from near and far and they share a common goal of trying to make it better,” said Kaweesi. “It’s also a reminder that people of African heritage have made some significant contributions to this community, that we appreciate it and that we should all learn to work together to build a better society.”
Schedule of Events
Monday, Feb. 1 – Saturday, Feb. 27
Family Portraits – CNC library – Display and interactive exhibits
Saturday, Feb. 6
Movie Night, CNC Room 1-306, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Free admission
Gifted Hands (A frustrated young boy with problems in school overcomes the obstacles in life to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon.) Starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and two-time NAACP Image Award winner Kimberly Elise. This film is based on the true story of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, whose lifelong journey led him to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkin’s Center, a best-selling author and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
7 p.m. African Café, 1645 15 Avenue, Ph. 250-561-1212;
Monday, Feb. 8 – West African Cuisine
Monday, Feb. 15 – Caribbean Cuisine
Monday, Feb. 22 – Ethiopian Cuisine
Evening of Song
Saturday, Feb. 20
7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 483 Gillette St. Admission by donation.
Featuring the Prince George Freedom Singers, Darlene Shatford and Co., Granville Johnson and Ssnap, Umoja, Ben Brown and SATS band, Heather Fisher – Underground Railroad and Cliff Raphael.
Saturday, Feb. 27 CNC Light Dinner 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker – Dr. William Osei – Medical Health Officer, NHA
Fashion Show: 8:45 – 9:30 p.m.Dance: 9:30 p.m. featuring the Tropitonics – Steel Band from Vancouver Tickets: Adults ($15); Children 6 – 12 ($7.50) Children 5 and under – free Available at African Café, Books & Company (1685 3rd Ave), CNC Bookstore and UNBC Bookstore.
For more information:
Black History Month Organizer
250-562-2131 ext. 5518