Black History Month


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Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association Presents: Still I Rise Celebreating stories of strenght, Courage and innovation

Art Exhibition

Still I Rise:  Celebrating Stories of Strength, Courage and Innovation

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Serpa Galleries (460 Botsford Street)
February 1 to 23, 2019 | FREE Admission
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Newmarket Old Town Hall is collaborating with the local emerging community group, Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) to celebrate Black History Month during February 2019 focusing on stories of strength, courage and innovation. 

The themes of racism, identity, activism, celebration of choice and action from the perspectives of contemporary African Canadians, featuring the works of Toronto based artists Gordon Shadrach and Syrus Marcus Ware, complemented by artworks of youth in our community. The array of narratives and personal stories are boldly expressed in portraits and other forms.


Related Programming

Author Visit: Dwayne Morgan

Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue)
February 23, 2019 |2 to 4 p.m. | Free Admission | Suitable for all ages

 A poetry and story reading for the whole family with award-winning poet, author, and storyteller Dwayne Morgan. Learn more at

Still I Rise Exhibition Visits for School Groups

Educational Program for Grades 1 to 12
60 mins | FREE | Limited availability until Feb 22

Students will engage in art-based learning, through a tour of the current exhibition and will be encouraged to exercise critical thinking and express their thoughts on the concepts and issues presented. Themes that are relevant to this exhibit are identity, representation, diversity, belonging, racism, oppression, sharing stories and rewriting narratives. For Bookings or Inquiries, Contact Logan Bales at

Black History Month Commemoration Elman W Campbell Museum

Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)
Until Feb 28, 2019 | Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon; 1 to 4 p.m. | FREE ad

Learn about Black history in Newmarket. See the reproduction crate like the one Henry Box Brown hid in to escape from slavery to freedom.

Newmarket Historical Society Black History Month Lectureimage of Newmarket Historical Society Icon

Newmarket Community Centre & Lion's Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive)
February 20, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. 

Local teacher Melissa King talks about her great-great-grandfather, John Henry Shepherd, who used the Underground Railway to reach Ontario. She will also share history of her grandfather, who was an important figure in the WWII Training Camp here in Newmarket. Learn more.

Black History Event (Concluded)

Still I Rise: Celebrating Stories of Strength, Courage and Innovation 

Newmarket Old Town Hall, Snapd Auditorium (460 Botsford Street)
February 9, 2019 | 10 am to 4 p.m. | FREE Admission 

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This event has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

Funded by the Government of Canada

Why Still I Rise?

 Jerisha Grant-Hall, Chairperson of NACCA, explains: 

" Still I Rise is a proclamation that, despite the odds, African Canadians continue to contribute vibrantly to Canadian culture, heritage and identity.  From the condition of eighteenth century enslavement, displacement and dispossession to the attempted economic, social and psychological disembodiment of African peoples, Blacks in the New World continue to rise.  We have developed strategies of resistance and survival ranging from negro spiritual songs to becoming conduits for freedom and change.  "Still I Rise" invokes the African as the subject of her destiny and dismantles nineteenth century racist ideology that the African does not possess the mental faculties to make decisions about her own affairs.  It is an invocation against the impact of entrenched racism and racialization on the lives of African peoples. 

 Today, we celebrate our stories —the small narratives that tell the truth about who we are, even as we stand on the shoulders of those who have paved the way for us.  It is by enormous strength and courage that we have emerged in the twenty-first century as entrepreneurs, innovators and change makers even while facing the harsh realities of post-colonialism, post-imperialism and paternalism. By celebrating our stories, we signal and root our presence in the space we occupy.  We rise with strength, courage and determination to create something new of ourselves in the world we were so forcibly and unapologetically led to occupy." 


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About Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA)

NACCA is an emerging association formed by like-minded individuals in the Newmarket area who are committed to providing strong leadership to share and celebrate stories of people from African and Caribbean heritage.