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Windsor Essex Black History Guide 2021

All event dates and times are updated to the best of our ability.

In person events are not permitted indoors, and outdoor services are restricted to five persons. Any events are encouraged to be virtual moving forward.

Please contact the event organizer directly for accurate hours and event status.

Friday, January 29 to Sunday, February 28

Essex County is rich in Black history. Canadians of African descent have played important roles in the cultural, political, social, and economic progress of our communities. Our region has been populated by people of African descent from the 18th century, when free Black Loyalists as well as enslaved Africans were among the area’s early residents; to the 19th century when formerly enslaved African Americans and free people of colour streamed into this area by the thousands, fleeing either bondage or oppression; to the modern era when immigrants from the continent of Africa and the Caribbean made this region their new home.

Here are some of the Black History Month events happening around our region.

Tour John Freeman Walls Historical Site
Sign up for a virtual tour of the John Freeman Walls Historic Site.
$10, www.undergroundrailroadmuseum.org

Black History Month Display

February 1- 28, 2021 – The River Bookshop is happy to partner with Amherstburg Freedom Museum to bring together a display celebrating Black History Month in windows of the River Bookshop. The window displays will feature Black authors and books that talk about racial equality. Look for the moving artifacts that the Museum has loaned us for our displays.

12 pm – 5 pm daily for curbside pickup
River Bookshop – 67 Richmond St, Amherstburg

Book Selection

February 1 – 28, 2021 – The River Bookshop is happy to partner with Amherstburg Freedom Museum to feature a curated selection of books with a broad range of titles in celebration of Black History Month which can be purchased online. Readers that purchase any of these books during the month of February will qualify for a draw to win one of three Amherstburg Freedom Museum t-shirts.

12 pm – 5 pm daily for curbside pickup
River Bookshop – 67 Richmond St, Amherstburg

Black History Collections

February 1-28, 2021 – Museum Windsor will feature a series of Facebook posts which will highlight various parts of their Black history-related collections throughout the month of February.


Hour-A-Day Study Club Fundraiser

February 1-28, 2021 – February 2021 marks the 87th anniversary of the Hour-A-Day Study Club, Canada’s oldest African Canadian women’s organization. Community members are encouraged to donate $87 to commemorate the 87th anniversary of the Hour-A-Day Study Club. Donations help the Club in their efforts to help Black students pursue their post-secondary education goals. Donations at houradaystudyclub.donations@gmail.com are welcome. In addition, 2021 scholarship applications for Underground Railroad descendants are now available at www.houradaystudyclub.org.

From the Outside Looking In

February 9, 2021 – Amherstburg Freedom Museum Assistant Curator, Dr. Lorene Bridgen-Lennie, will present “From the Outside Looking In: Paying Tribute to Essex County’s Black Canadian Families” to the Essex County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

7 pm
Register here

Virtual Showcase

February 10-28, 2021 – The Coalition for Justice Unity Equity “Youth in Action Club” presents a virtual showcase on the Coalition for Justice Unity Equity Facebook page and on the www.cjue.org web site, “2nd Annual Wall of Fame with a Twist!” Each day the page will feature posters created by youth, inspired by their favourite historical figures.

Panel Discussion

February 18, 2021 – Amherstburg Freedom Museum Curator/Administrator, Mary-Katherine Whelan and Assistant Curator, Dr. Lorene Bridgen-Lennie will join a panel discussion hosted by the Ontario Black History Society, along with representatives from the Guelph Black Heritage Society, North Buxton Museum, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site.  They will discuss topics such as the existence of Black heritage, the history of each Museum, the work that they do, and the importance of supporting them and working together to preserve Black history.


Lives of the Lees in Slavery and Freedom

February 18, 2021 – Join the Essex County Black Historical Research Society online as we welcome special guest presenter Lisa Lee, all the way from Madagascar! Originally a Detroiter, Ms. Lee is a descendant of the Lee family of Windsor-Essex County. She will present a talk on the lives of the Lees in slavery and freedom.

7 pm
Email ecbhrs@gmail.com to register

Virtual Blackout Poetry Workshop!


Virtual Black History Tea

February 21, 2021 – The Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Tea is happening virtually at 1pm.

1 pm
Contact  (519) 945-0213 or e-mail wwiavp@bellnet.ca

Heritage Matters

February 25, 2021 – Join the Ontario Heritage Trust for Heritage Matters with Esi Edugyan. Bestselling author and two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan will offer an exclusive virtual talk on her internationally acclaimed novel Washington Black, touching on the themes of Black heritage, identity, belonging, and displacement. The broadcast will include a virtual visit to Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site and a question-and-answer segment with Edugyan that features questions from youth and leaders from Ontario’s Black heritage community. Space is limited so pre-registration is required.

Free, 5 pm
Register at Heritage Matters Live with Esi Edugyan – Ontario Heritage Trust.

How did we get here?

February 26, 2021 – Black Kids in Action Performing Arts Group will perform a monologue titled “How did we get here?” on YouTube


The Principles of Omoluabi

February 27, 2021 – Nigerian Canadians for Cultural, Educational and Economic Progress (NCCEEP) will host The Principles of Omoluabi, including courage, hard work, humility, goodwill, communication skills, and respect.  Join in a virtual celebration of the past as well as the history being created today for future generations, with history highlights as well as arts and cultural performances. For information and

6 pm – 7:30 pm, Free
Register with  NCCEEP at ncceepwindsor@gmail.com

The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It

February 28, 2021 – The young people of the Windsor West Indian Association will offer a virtual presentation titled “The Best Way to Predict the Future Is to Create It,”

(519) 945-0213 or e-mail wwiavp@bellnet.ca


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