Black History Month McGill Events

February 1st-6th, 2022


Thursday February 3rd, 2022

Keynote Address| Race in Medicine

Is There a Black Doctor in the House? Dr. Tweedy takes an engaging look at the small percentage of black physicians in the U.S. and examines the implications for both doctors and patients.

Organized bySocial Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE)-Check out their website for more event details!

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Link to Attend/Register: Meeting Registration - Zoom


Wednesday February 2nd, 2022

Droit et Diversité

Pour débuter le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs, les Associations des é en droit de McGill, de l’Université de Montréal et de l’UQAM vous présentent la troisième édition de l’événement 5 @ 7: Droit et Diversité! ✨

Ne manquez pas cette opportunité d'en apprendre davantage sur l'importance de la diversité en milieu juridique ainsi que dans notre société. Vous aurez également l'occasion de reseauter avec des avocat.e.s issu.e.s de divers milieux professionnels.

Organized by: Associations des é en droit de McGill

Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Link to Register: 5 à 7 : Droit et diversité Tickets, Wed, Feb 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite


Friday February 4th- Saturday February 5th, 2022

Desautels African Business Initiative (DABI) Annual Conference 

Pan-Africanism : Binding Africa through Business and Trade

DABI's eight annual business and development conference goal will be to inspire debate, nourish innovation and create meaningful connection between Canadian and African businesses, students and of course speakers. Our attendees will get the opportunity to discuss and learn on a variety of topics related to this year's theme : "Pan Africanism : Commercial Trade and Benefits"

Organized by: DABI-Check out their website for more event details!

Time: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Link to Register: Tickets available soon!

February 7th-13th, 2022


Thursday February 10th, 2022

Research, Advocacy, and Philanthropy in Health Equity| A Conversation with Black Medical and Health Professionals

This is event will feature a group of researchers, advocates, and medical professionals to explore health-related topics impacting Black communities in Canada and the various initiatives initiated to enhance health equity and access at McGill and beyond.

Organized by: Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE)-Check out their website for more event details!

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Link to RegisterMeeting Registration - Zoom


Thursday February 10th, 2022

1919: The Year of the Revolutionary Black Messiah

In the early 1900s, white mobs attacked African Americans throughout the United States, lynching and terrorizing hundreds per year. Without citizenship rights and state protections against anti-Black terror, even after shouldering arms for the Allies in World War One, Black people in the United States and Canada yearned for a leader—a deliverer of sorts—who would help redeem the “race.” The year 1919 marked a highpoint in anti-Black violence and Black resistance. In their yearnings, the Black masses, and some leaders, too, embraced a mystical and messianic form of Pan-Africanism. This presentation will explore the dimensions of this racial awakening for Black self-determination in the Atlantic World.

About the Speaker: Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is a historian of post-Reconstruction United States, specializing on the African American experience. Broadly, his research and writing excavate freedom linkages among the United States, Canada, and other parts of the African Diaspora. Before arriving at McGill, he held the W. L. Mackenzie King Fellowship at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Department of History Lectureship. Dr. Adjetey’s research has garnered prizes and fellowships from many sources: SSHRC, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and Princeton, to name a few. In 2017-18, he was Visiting Scholar and Pre-Doctoral Fellow at MIT, and in 2016-17, Visiting Scholar and Senior Resident Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.

Organized by: McGill Library-Check out their website for more event details!

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Link to Register: Meeting Registration


Thursday February 10th, 2022

Black Revolution and the African World

Most of us are familiar with dynamics of race, racism, neocolonialism and the protests they create in the African diaspora, but not so much on the African continent itself.

Join our conversation at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 10 with Dr. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey and Dr. Rhoda Nanre Nafziger on the possibilities of Black revolution and the African world.

Organized by: African Studies Students' Association McGill

Time: 7:00pm
Link to Register: Meeting Registration


Thursday February 10th, 2022

Coffeehouse: Virtual Tour of Montreal's Black History

To celebrate Black History Month, the Black Law Students' Association of McGill presents Coffeehouse: Virtual Tour of Montreal's Black History! How well do you know Montreal's Black history and landmarks? Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more through a virtual presentation by our guest speaker and tour guide Rito Joseph! There will be trivia questions and prizes to be won with a short Q&A afterwards. See you on February 10th at 5:30pm!

Rito Joseph is a self-taught Guest Speaker on Cultural Identity, Researcher and Entrepreneur, Rito has been chronicling the history and presence of Black Canadians for over half a decade while also conducting historical walking tours throughout the island of Montreal to keep the memory and the omitted pieces of historical content about the afro-descendant presence in Canada and its international links alive while keeping the lineage of black history active.

Organized by: Black Law Students' Association of McGill

Time: 5:30pm 
Link to Register: Zoom Link


Friday February 11th, 2022

A Model for Linguistic Reparations

This current time of pandemic and protest is a visceral and constant reminder that the racial and economic legacies of the enslavement of Black people were not only unresolved but continue to determine the courses of the daily lives of Black people across the world. Diversity and inclusion alone will not repair hundreds of years of injustice. Colleges and universities need to have frank and explicit conversations about Anti-Black racism and create plans for educational reparations.

As part of a model for educational reparations, Charity Hudley presents linguistic reparation work from the Talking College Project, a Black student and Black studies centered community-based research project that was designed to document the particular linguistic choices of Black students for Black students. The Project is explicitly focused on empowering Black students to be proud of their cultural and linguistic heritage.

Anne Harper Charity Hudley is Professor of Education, African American Studies, and Linguistics at Stanford University. Her research and publications address the relationship between language variation and Pre-Kindergarten-higher education educational practices and policies and high-impact practices for students who are underrepresented as faculty in higher education.

Organized by: Department of Linguistics, the Faculty of Arts, the Arts Undergraduate Society, and the Society for Linguistics Undergraduates at McGill

Time: 3:30 pm
Link to Register: Meeting Registration - Zoom


February 14th-20th, 2022


Monday February 14th, 2022

Views from the Legislature: Combatting Anti-Blackness in the Law

On February 14, 2022 at 6:00pm ET, Member of Parliament Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament Greg Fergus and Minister Ahmed Hussen will join the Black Law Student's Association of McGill for a discussion on combatting anti-blackness in legal spaces, advocacy for black Canadians, and exploring non-traditional legal career paths. Our guests will offer opening remarks and then take questions from audience members.

Organized by: Black Law Students' Association of McGill

Time: 6:00pm
Link to Register:  Eventbrite Link


Tuesday February 15th-Thursday February 17th, 2022

Free Film Screen| Miss Evers’ Boys

Description| In 1932, the U.S. government began a medical program to treat black men for syphilis in the South's only black hospital. Funding was cut off soon thereafter, but money was made available to study the effects of untreated syphilis in black men to determine if blacks and whites were similarly affected by the disease. The program was in place until 1972 when it was exposed to the public. The "study" was administered by Dr. Brodus, a black man, and Nurse Evers, a black woman who cared for these men. How could they allow it? And how could it go on for 40 years? Miss Evers' Boys, a powerful docudrama, examines one of modern America's most shameful episodes.

Organized by: Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE)-Check out their website for more event details!
Time: 7:00pm
Link to RegisterMeeting Registration - Zoom


Tuesday February 15th, 2022

When Injustice is Fully Bilingual (2022 Mallory Lecture) 

Canada has two official languages, two different imperial legacies, two dominant cultures, two mainstream media landscapes — which have an unequal, often competitive, sometimes painful relationship with one another. The question is: where does that leave everyone else? The 2022 Mallory Lecture, delivered by Emilie Nicolas, will explore the impact of the French-English duality on social movements that advocate for decolonization, antiracism and social justice in Canada. We'll discuss how the competing nationalist discourses often leave "others" stuck between a rock and a hard place — and what strategies can be put forward to escape fully bilingual injustice.

This webinar will be followed by a Q&A. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.

Organized by: McGill Institute for the Study of Canada-Check out their website for more event details!
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Link to Register: Meeting Registration - Zoom


Thursday February 17th, 2022

Racial Capitalism, Segregation, and the Historical Roots of Health Inequities, 1880-1950

Organized by: Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office (SACE)-Check out their website for more event details!

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Link to Register: Meeting Registration - Zoom



Friday February 18th-Saturday February 19th, 2022

Annual Africa Speaks Conference

Organized by: MASS

Details to come!


February 21st-28th, 2022


Tuesday February 22nd, 2022

Celebrating Black History Month: Bringing Yourself into the Business World

This Desautels-hosted virtual event will take place on February 22, 2022 at 5:30 pm EST honouring Black History Month. The event is organized in collaboration with students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the Desautels Black community. 

Featuring Professor Patricia Faison Hewlin and moderated by Lysie Salomon (BCom'17), Senior Consultant at Deloitte.

Organized by: Desautels Faculty of Management-Check out their website for more event details!
Time: 5:30pm
Link to Register: Registration



Tuesday February 22nd, 2022

McGill Black Alumni: Careers Spotlight with RBC

The McGill Black Alumni Association and Concordia Black Alumni Network are joining forces to host this event for Black professionals, recent graduates and students looking for challenging and rewarding careers in Québec.

Organized by: McGill Black Alumni Association and Concordia Black Alumni Network 
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Link to Register: Registration


Tuesday February 22nd, 2022

See Yourself Here : CEGEP Students Edition



Are you a Black CEGEP student who is either interested or currently applying to McGill Law? If so, we would like to meet with you! The Black Law Students Association of McGill (BLSAM) will be hosting its “See Yourself Here” event on February 22nd, 2022 at 5:30 to 7:00 PM online on the platform Zoom.

In order to increase the representation of black people at McGill Faculty of Law and in the wide legal community, BLSAM is annually hosting a review session of application documents for black students who are currently in the admission process at the Faculty. Event attendees will be paired with current black law students who have formerly been in your shoes and will thus be able to provide pointers and strategies on how to enhance and magnify your application portfolio! So, if you’re a black student interested in applying to law school, you really don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Organized by: Black Law Students' Association of McGill
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm

Link to Register




Wednesday February 23rd, 2022

Black communities in oral medicine: a sociohistorical perspective and the way forward

Dr. Pascaline Kengne Talla is a dentist who worked in both public and private sectors. She holds a Doctorate from Université Laval in Community Health with experience in the use of health technologies. Over the past years, she worked in the Quebec health network, in partnership research, and closely with clinical settings. Her research focuses on oral health in the larger population and her research program centers around community outreach and innovations in oral healthcare. Dr. Talla joined McGill as an Assistant Professor in September 2021.

Organized by: Faculty of Dentistry

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Link to Register: Meeting Registration - Zoom


Thursday February 24th, 2022

PopCorn Time - Unarmed Verses

Organized by: Faculty of Dentistry

Screening of the movie Unarmed Verses (by Charles Officer) followed by a discussion with John Davids, Research Coordinator at the Black Community Resource Centre.

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Link to Register: Meeting Registration - Zoom

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