Windsor Essex Black History Month Guide 2019

Friday, February 1 to Thursday, 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. To celebrate our heritage here are some of the Black History Month events happening around our region.

Black History Month Kick off

Friday Feb 1, 2019
For the sixth year in a row, the community will celebrate the launch of Black History Month with an evening of music, poetry, performing arts, Black history highlights, featuring Arts Collective Theatre, Teajai Travis, Mbonisi Zikhali, the Hidaya Diaspora Junior Dance Group, All Nations Full Gospel Church True Worship Ministry, and the release of the 2019 Black History Month activity schedule for Windsor-Essex. This free event is taking place at the Caribbean Centre, 2410 Central Avenue, Windsor, and is hosted by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, the Windsor West Indian Association, and the Amherstburg Freedom Museum with support from Morris Sutton Funeral Home, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training, and the City of Windsor. We will publicly recognize the importance of Black History Month as well as encourage the community to participate in the array of Black History Month events happening locally. Light refreshments will be served.

7 pm
(519) 890-4316
Caribbean Centre – 2410 Central Ave , Windsor

Amherstburg Freedom Museum

Discounted Admission
February 1 – 28, 2019
$1 off admission per person to celebrate Black History Month! In order to claim the discount, tell us when the Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church National Historic Site of Canada was built and by whom, when you purchase your ticket. This discount is only available in February and only if the correct response is given. Check out our website for the answer!

Rarely Seen
February 1 – 28, 2019
The Amherstburg Freedom Museum invites the community to view a selection of recently acquired and rarely seen artifacts from the collection, showcasing items that rarely get a turn in the spotlight and the stories they share.

Tues-Fri 12 pm – 5 pm, Sat & Sun 1 pm – 5 pm
normally $7.50/adult, $6.50/student or senior
Amherstburg Freedom Museum – 277 King St., Amherstburg

Shaanti Doll Museum – Black History Exhibit

February – April, 2019
The Shaanti International Museum of Costumes and Dolls has a new home for a rotating exhibit at the historic Gordon House in Amherstburg. Rare and unique dolls and costumes from around the world will now be showcased at the Gordon House Information Tourist Center.

Kicking off the exhibit with Black History month on Friday, February 1st, 2019, the exhibit will rotate featured dolls and costumes four times a year. Other themes throughout the year will include Native/Indigenous, Canadian/early French, The Uncommon and Victorian/holiday dolls.

Gordon House – 268 Dalhousie St, Amherstburg

Black History is Humanity’s History

February 1 -15
Visit one ten park: a working space for a community quilt making project and art installation entitled.

110 Park St. W. in Windsor

Black History in Essex County

February 2 -25
See a free display regarding Black History in Essex County, presented by the Essex County Black Historical Research Society. All branches of the Windsor Public Library have ample reading material about Black history.

Mon – Thurs 9 am – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 9 am – 5 pm, Sun 1 pm – 5 pm
Windsor Public Library, Central Branch -850 Ouellette, Windsor

Egypt: A Gift of the Nile

February 2 -May 26
Learn about ancient Egypt and its amazing civilization with Egypt: A Gift of the Nile, a travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum. Explore an ancient civilization that flourished for thousands of years. The Nile River Valley of 5,000 years ago was the birthplace of a remarkable collection. Protected from foreign invasion by vast deserts and sustained by fertile soil along the river, the ancient Egyptians developed from a simple agricultural community into a sophisticated society. Under a system of divine kingship, this Egyptian civilization lasted thousands of years and contributed strongly to the later cultures of the Mediterranean and Europe.
Chimczuk Museum – 401 Riverside Drive West

Oh Happy Day! A Gospel Celebration

Sunday, February 3
Internationally acclaimed Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is joined by Canada’s premier gospel ensemble, the Toronto Mass Choir, in a joyous celebration of traditional and contemporary gospel music, including Amazing GraceThis Little Light of MineAin’t Got Time to Die and Oh Happy Day. An uplifting concert of joyous music, electrifyingly performed!

4 pm, $25-$45
Chatham Capitol Theatre- 238 King St. W.,Chatham


February 4 – 9
The University of Windsor Students’ Alliance African Diaspora Festival presents Afrofest 2019, Consistint of various cultural and educational activities that document and celebrate the contributions made by peoples of African descent to the world. Afrofest promotes unity on campus, celebrates the journey and progression of black history, as well as engages in cross cultural exchange. Afrofest is a fusion of intellectual discussion, film, fashion, and artistic and musical talent.

Wednesday, February 6: Enjoy “Politically Black,” a discussion about activism and politics in Alumni Auditorium at 12:00 p.m., “Da Kink in My Hair,” a natural hair workshop in the CAW Commons at 2:00 p.m., “Let’s Talk: Black Womxn,” a discussion on Black feminism, self-love, allyship, and more at 4:00 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium, a game night at 5:30 p.m. in the CAW Commons, and “Know Your Rights,” a seminar hosted by a police officer and a lawyer at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium.

Thursday, February 7:  Enjoy a Black photography exhibition in the CAW Commons at 1:00 p.m., “Let’s Talk About Diversity,” a discussion about LGBT people of African descent and the lack of diversity in LGBT spaces, in the Board Chambers at 2:00 p.m., “Men in Black,” a discussion about what it means to be a Black man in today’s society, at 5:00 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium, and “Get Bizzy with Bizzy Boom,” a dancehall infused dance class led by Bizzy Boom in the Movement Room, Jackman Building at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 8: Enjoy an afrobeats infused dance class led by the ADL Dancers of Toronto at 1:00 p.m. in the Voice Room, Jackman Building, a discussion panel with Black male and female students at 3:00 p.m. in the CAW Commons, “Fashion Forward,” a fashion show featuring Black designers’ pieces and featuring a step performance by S.T.A.N.D. at 4:30 p.m. in the CAW Commons, “Love Languages,” a showcase of Black talent at 6:00 p.m. in the Hum Café ($5-7), and “Afrodisiac,” a 90s themed after party hosted at Imperial Night Club at 10:00 p.m. (music by DJ KyDD, $5.)
University of Windsor – 401 Sunset, Windsor

Adult Art Class

Thursday, February 7:  In celebration of Black History Month we will be inspired by the spectacular powerful work of Bermuda-born Canadian artist Joan Butterfield. All supplies will be provided. For information contact Ms. Janet C. Brown, (519) 255-6770 ext. 7700 or

10:30 am – 11:45 am
Sandwich Library- 331 Sandwich St., Windsor

Children’s Black History Month Challenge

Thursday, February 7
Join the Library Live Children’s Club for our annual Black History Month Challenge! Discover and learn more about the amazing men and women throughout history who have made a marked impact on your present and future. For information contact Ms. Janet C. Brown, (519) 255-6770 ext. 7700 or

3 pm – 4:30 pm
Sandwich Library- 331 Sandwich St., Windsor

Black History Brunch

Sunday, February 10
The Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Brunch is featuring delicious Caribbean cuisine. For information and tickets call (519) 945-0213 or e-mail Tickets are also available at the door.

12 pm – 5 pm, $20/adult, $10/Child (12 & under)
Caribbean Centre- 2410 Central Avenue, Windsor

The Wiz

Friday, February 15
The Windsor West Indian Association will host a free movie night, featuring The Wiz. Snacks will be available for purchase. For information call (519) 945-0213 or e-mail

6:30 pm
Caribbean Centre- 2410 Central Avenue, Windsor

Teaching Black History in Canada

Friday, February 15
This workshop is designed to provide educators with the tools and resources to help them incorporate Black history into a more inclusive curriculum.  Pre-registration is required: registration closes February 13, 2019. For more information, please contact Steven Cook at or call (519) 683-2978.

8:30 am – 3 pm, $25
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site- 29251 Uncle Tom’s Road, Dresden

Black History Month Celebration

Saturday, February 16
The UNIFOR Local 444 Aboriginal and Workers of Colour Committee will host a Black History Month Celebration, featuring a soul food dinner, arts and entertainment, poetry/spoken word, guest speakers discussing history, silent auction, 50/50 draw, and raffles. Featured artists include Leslie McCurdy and Teajai Travis. For further information contact Local 444 Hall at (519) 258-6400 or Yvonne Browning-Coates, Chair, at (519) 819-5342.

1 pm – 5 pm, $10
1855 Turner Road, Windsor

I Choose Love

Saturday, February 16
Elite Events presents an inspirational production of love, loss, and healing through faith, inspired by the works of Lauryn Hill and other influential R & B, Afrobeats, and gospel artists, featuring Toronto award-winning dance company Artists in Motion, with choreography by award winning choreographer Shameka Blake and poetry by Elle. For reservations or information contact

2 pm & 7 pm, $35
SHO Studios – 628 Monmouth Rd., Windsor

Principles in Black History

Saturday, February 16
Omoluabi Newspaper will present Principles in Black History, featuring dance, spoken words, drama, history, and much more. Refreshments will be served. For information contact 226-260-6238, 519-988-6725, or 519-551-8048. Omoluabi Newspaper is funded by the Ontario Government as a Violence Prevention Campaign Initiative.

6:30 pm, Free
WFCU Centre – 8787 McHugh St., Windsor

Khari Wendell McLelland

Thursday, February 21
JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Khari Wendell McLelland brings his We Now Recognize tour to Phog Lounge. Experience the redemptive power of song and story this Black History Month. Humanity is once again teaming up with McClelland with this concert that explores the power of apologies, the nature of community and the redemptive potential of music. Khari is creating a musical storytelling performance that weaves a path toward deeper and more heartfelt relationships amongst the varied peoples and communities of Canada and – in his distinct way – brings us together around music and questions of justice. Tickets are available through.

8 pm, $25 + fees and taxes
Phog Lounge – 157 University Avenue W, Windsor

Launch of Cecil Foster’s latest book, They Call Me George

Thursday, February 21
In lieu of its normal monthly meeting, the Essex Count Black Historical Research invites you to attend the Windsor book launch of They Call Me George.

Smartly dressed and smiling, Canada’s Black train porters were a familiar sight to the average passenger—yet their minority status rendered them politically invisible, second-class in the social imagination that determined who was and who was not considered Canadian. Drawing on the experiences of these influential Black Canadians, Cecil Foster’s They Call Me George demonstrates the power of individuals and minority groups in the fight for social justice and shows how a country can change for the better.

7:30 pm
Biblioasis – 1520 Wyandotte St. E., Windsor

Viola Desmond: The Play

Friday, February 22
This is a free event for Black History Month 2019, presented by children and youth, supported by the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan and under the direction of historian Elise Harding Davis. For information, call (519) 300-3623.

6 pm, Free
Sandwich Teen Action Group- 3735 King Street, Windsor

Black History Month Celebration

Friday, February 22
The African Community Organization of Windsor invites you to a Black History Month Celebration featuring African cultural fashion shows, dance groups, a dinner with Canadian and African dishes, an awards presentation, and a dance. All proceeds will support ACOW’s projects in the community. The theme is “Africans in Windsor building bridges from the untold plight and stories, moving forward in unity.” . For tickets call (226) 346-1324, (226) 349-2358, (226) 246-6766, (519) 992-9693, (519) 817-4752, or (226) 260-4273.

7 pm, $45 – $50/Adult $35 -$40/Student
Serbian Centre – 6770 Tecumseh Rd. E., Windsor

Unity Gala

Saturday, February 23
Good People United against Racism and Intolerance will host the Unity Gala. Presentations, dinner, and dancing. The gala is an opportunity for all good people from all ethnic groups, religious backgrounds, organizations, unions and the entire spectrum of movements for social and economic justice to commemorate the 400th Year Anniversary of the first documented enslaved Africans to arrive in North America as well as to show support and take a stand against racism and intolerance. Tickets are available at or call 647-497-7242 or visit

7 pm, Door open 5:30 pm, $85
Caesars Windsor, Augustus Ballroom – 377 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor

Black History Tea

Sunday, February 24
The Windsor West Indian Association’s annual Black History Tea. Come for tea and vibrant Black history discussion! For information call (519) 945-0213 or e-mail

2 pm – 5 pm, Admission by Donation
Caribbean Centre, 2410 Central Ave, Windsor

A Snapshot in the Family Album

Sunday, February 24 The Buxton National Historic Site & Museum and Buxton’s Next Generation are pleased to present A Snapshot in the Family Album, an opportunity to learn more about the Boswell family, the Hanson family, the Morris family, the Steele family, and the Timbers family.

3 pm
North Buxton Community Church – 21991 A D Shadd Rd, North Buxton

4th Wall Music: Celebrating Black Composers

February 24 & 25, 2019
Featuring music of black composers, Classical, Ragtime and Gospel. Irene Moore Davis discusses the influence of music on Windsor’s rich and diverse history. Join Detroit based violinist Velda Kelly along with Windsor pianist Mike Karloff and Soprano Shahida Nurullah to explore the fascinating lives and music of black composers from the 1700s to present including Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint George, William Grant Still, Shelton Brooks and Scott Joplin. 
Feb 24 – 4 pm, Capitol Theatre – 121 University Ave W, Windsor
Feb 25 – 6:30 pm, Nazrey African Methodist Episcopal Church – 277 King St., Amherstburg