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Celebrating Black History Month 2022

The Library is working with the Town of East Gwillimbury’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) on a series of events to celebrate Black History Month in East Gwillimbury.

Pan-African Flag Raising Ceremony

Wednesday, February 2 at 11:30 a.m.

This year for Black History Month the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) and EG’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee are hosting a flag raising ceremony on Wednesday, February 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community flagpole located outside of the Civic Centre. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the Town’s Facebook Channel.

Black Canada Trail Blazers Edition presentation

Wednesday, February 16 at 6 p.m.

This virtual presentation takes participants around the country, while focusing on the often-forgotten histories of early Black communities in Canada. This presentation combines video, slam poetry, stand-up comedy, and audience participation & interaction, “Tracking Black Canada – Trailblazers Edition” will highlight the contributions and achievements made by prominent residents in these forgotten communities, while illuminating the conditions that led to their systemic demise, and how their impact is still felt today.

Register here for the event

Meet the Author Event

Thursday, February 24 at 9 or 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy an evening getting to know activist, entrepreneur and author Akilah Newton. She is the author of the popular book series “Big Dreamers: The Canadian Black History Activity Book for Kids” and “Movers, Shakers, History Makers: The Canadian Black History Book of Rhymes.”

Register here for the 9:00 a.m. event

Register here for the 10:30 a.m. event

Reading Lists

Our staff took some time to gather together some reading lists for kids, young adults, and adults in recognition of Black History Month. Check them out below, or directly on our catalogue at

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