February 1, 2021

Black History Month Celebration at the Alberta Legislature

Category: News

Update: Watch video of the Black History Month event on the Assembly Online archive or view it on YouTube.

Edmonton – An online celebration of Black History Month will take place in the Legislature rotunda at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

“Black History Month not only honours early Black settlers for their accomplishments and contributions to society but also recognizes the leaders of today who continue working to empower community members and inspire future generations,” said the Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Now more than ever we must unite as Albertans and Canadians as we work together to overcome racial injustice and societal inequity.”

The program will include remarks from Speaker Cooper, Honourable Kaycee Madu, MLA for Edmonton-South West and Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, on behalf of the Premier of Alberta and Mr. David Shepherd, MLA for Edmonton-City Centre, on behalf of the Leader of the Official Opposition.

Black History Month at the Alberta Legislature will feature recorded performances by vocalist Stephanie French, spoken word artists Omar Farah and Jumoke Verissimo, dance group Woezo Africa Music and Dance Theatre Inc. and remarks from community speakers Titilope Sonuga, award-winning poet, writer and performer and Jeanne Lehman, Executive Director, Black Canadian Women in Action.

The event will be livestreamed on assembly.ab.ca as well as the Legislative Assembly’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube platforms. Media may access the feed or request a download link following the event if necessary. In-person attendance is restricted in compliance with current public health measures in the province of Alberta. The health and safety of Members, staff and visitors remains a top priority for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Photos will be uploaded to flickr.com/photos/legassemblyofab/ following the event.


Media inquiries:

Janet Laurie, Corporate Communications
Legislative Assembly of Alberta