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For immediate release        January 18, 2017

Celebrate the Black History Month at Richmond Public Library

Richmond, BC – To celebrate Black History Month in February, Richmond Public Library is working with the City of Richmond, Mary Wilson from Richmond Black History Month and Chimo Community Services to present a series of free events. On Friday, February 3 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., the Opening Ceremony will take place in Richmond’s City Hall Council Chamber. The Opening Ceremony will include a tribute to the Canadian veterans of African/Black descent and to Jean Augustine, the MP who introduce a motion in Parliament to recognize February as Black History Month in Canada. There will be music and light refreshments will be served.

On Sunday, February 5 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., there will be a seminar entitled Hogan’s Alley: a Look at an Early Black Community in Vancouver’s Strathcona Neighourhood Then and Now. Yasin Misago from African Descent Society will talk about some of the well-known residents, including Jimi Hendrix’s grandmother, of this early Black community.

On Thursday, February 16 from 6:30-9:00 p.m., a film entitled Selma, will be shown. Selma is an award-winning film about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to secure voting rights for Black citizens in U.S.A. There will be a discussion following the film show.

On Wednesday, February 22 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., there will be a seminar on Early Black Pioneers in BC. Valin Mars from BC Black Society will talk about the early Black settlers to BC and the contributions made by some Black leaders to this province. The seminars and film will be held in the Kwok-Chu Lee Living Room at the Brighouse (Main) Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate. Everyone is welcome to attend. “Black Canadians have made significant contributions to Canada. These programs will provide opportunities to gain a better understanding of the experiences of Black Canadian and honour the legacy of the Black community,” said Wendy Jang, coordinator of multicultural and Chinese community services. For more information, phone 604-231-6413, go online to or visit any branch of Richmond Public Library.

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  • Wendy Jang, Coordinator, Chinese Community Services, 604-231-6409,
  • Stephanie Vokey, Coordinator, Marketing, 604-231-6454