Black Excellence Day and Black Shirt Day, both Canadian movements, coincide with the birthday of American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These events can help you get a fuller picture of the contributions and the ongoing civil rights struggle of Black Canadians that often go unacknowledged in history books and curriculums.
Regina Abernathy & Steve September of the Anti-Racism Coalition of Vancouver
New West Youth Services Will Discuss and Celebrate Black Excellence Day & Black Shirt Day on Friday January 14th at neighbourhood drop-ins after school! Hop over to our Instagram @newwestyouth to check it out!
Black Excellence Day: January 14
Black Excellence Day is a day to rejoice Black history and learn about Black stories, Black art and Black people, and a day to stand in solidarity with Black Canadians.
Black Excellence Day was created by Ninandotoo Society. The inaugural Black Excellence Day is on January 14, 2022. Visit blackexcellenceday.ca for learning resources and support and tune in to the virtual event at 10:00 am Pacific Time on January 14.
Black Shirt Day: January 15
"It's actually born out of a need to have a history lesson and education. We want to educate the public as much as possible," September said. "It's not just about Black people, it's about racism, but most of it being written from the Black experience."
According to Steve September, the chairperson of the Anti-Racism Coalition of Vancouver (ARC), more than 17,000 people signed a petition to have the day recognized across the Lower Mainland as #BlackShirtDay.