Online Exhibits and Live Music: How Coquitlam Recognizes Black History Month

Coquitlam Heritage has created several exhibits and also hosts a Family Day event.

February and forever.

It’s the theme for Black History Month in 2022, as many already reflect the history of Black Canadians and how their heritage has helped shape society.

According to Coquitlam Heritage, Black families and individuals have called the city home since the 1960s, but they have actually been in commuting to and from work longer than many years before.

“They’ve been here since the beginning, but finding the black community in most official historical records has been difficult and frustrating,” the company says.

“Except in a few specific collections, they just weren’t included.”

Coquitlam Heritage has put together a series of in-person and online exhibits honoring Black History Month in the hope that the public can be educated about the community’s past.

This includes a month-long showcase of Tasia Valencia as part of the company’s youth mentorship program for those who identify as IBPOC (Indigenous, Black and People of Color) or LGBTQ2S+.

Entitled The rock of black women!she shares the accomplishments of local black women and explores the various paths they have taken to become titans of excellence in the past and present.

Coquitlam Heritage is also offering an online exhibit to further the understanding of British Columbia’s Black history, known as We’ve been here a long time.

Its goal is to provide interested residents with a perspective on the city’s black community “through the lens of politics, family ties” and other contributions.

“The exhibit will explore the routes some of these people took to get to Coquitlam, why they came and what they are doing here.”

Among the pieces included are interviews, recipes and highlight videos.

Coquitlam Heritage invites local residents to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Black History Month with a Family Day weekend for all ages at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.).

This is the society’s third annual recognition celebration, scheduled for February 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.

A tribute band – Mostly Marley – are set to play live music alongside steel drum panplayer Kenrick Headley, while patrons feast on homemade food and treats.

There will also be a craft station for children and parents.

Coquitlam Heritage says space will be limited to adhere to COVID-19 public health and safety protocols, so families and interested individuals are encouraged to register in advance and proof of vaccination is required.

For more information, you can visit the company’s website.

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