African Heritage Month at MSVU

The MSVU community is invited to a number of virtual African Heritage Month events throughout the month of February. The Black Student Support Office will host the MSVU African Heritage Month Opening Ceremony on February 1, followed by a special African Heritage Month podcast recording, professional virtual tours of the Africville Museum and the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, and a fascinating three-part storytelling series. The MSVU Research Office will host the Black and Indigenous Speaker Series event with Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson on February 4. Find more details in the below schedule of events.


Schedule of events

MSVU African Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
February 1, 2022 | 12 – 1 p.m.

Join Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, CM, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor at MSVU, Randy Headley, Black Student Advisor at MSVU, Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO of the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute, and Jordan Rolle and Ajoke Lasiende, MSVU students, for the MSVU African Heritage Month Opening Ceremony.

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Black and Indigenous Speaker Series: Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson
Hosted by the MSVU Research Office
February 4, 2022 | 12 – 1:15 p.m.

Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Professor of Art History and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement at NSCAD University, will deliver a talk titled He ‘is supposed to have with him forged Certificates of his Freedom, and Passes’: Slavery, Mobility, and the Creolized Counter-Knowledge of Resistance.

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The No. 2 Construction Battalion: Heroism? Racism?
February 7, 2022 | 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Randy Headley, Black Student Advisor at MSVU, and Leah Jones, Graduate Lifelong Learning Practicum student at MSVU, will be joined by a special guest for the recording of an African Heritage Month podcast episode. This podcast will dig into Canadian history to learn more about the No. 2 Construction Battalion, a segregated non-combatant unit that was the first and only all-Black battalion in Canadian military history. Learn one man’s story told through the eyes of his daughter, Sylvia Parris-Drummond, CEO of the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute.

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Celebrating our stories – Caribbean stories
February 11, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

The stories we learned as children were steeped in African principles and teachings that guided the young person through life. Across the African Diaspora, stories often present similar teachings, although the characters are different. This session will focus on Caribbean stories, with a discussion to follow.

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Africville Museum virtual tour
February 15, 2022 | 1 – 2 p.m.

The Africville Museum invites visitors to walk through the history of Africville, from a thriving village to the community’s dislocation.

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Celebrating our stories – African stories
February 18, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm

The stories we learned as children were steeped in African principles and teachings that guided the young person through life. Across the African Diaspora, stories often present similar teachings, although the characters are different. This session will focus on African stories, with a discussion to follow.

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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre virtual tour
February 22, 2022 | 1 – 2 p.m.

The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre tells the story of the world’s largest free African population outside of Africa in the late 18th century in Nova Scotia.

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Celebrating our stories – Canadian stories
February 25, 2022 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

The stories we learned as children were steeped in African principles and teachings that guided the young person through life. Across the African Diaspora, stories often present similar teachings, although the characters are different. This session will focus on Canadian stories, with a discussion to follow.