The York Catholic District School Board is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February, and beyond.
In late January, staff and students from Markham schools attended a Black History Month event hosted by the City of Markham and the Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association at the Flato Theatre. The theme of this event was “Hidden Innovators” and it highlighted the many contributions made in STEM fields by Black people. At the event, Grade 8 students from St. Julia Billiart CES gave a live demonstration of a Rube Goldberg Machine that they built.
Ahead of Black History Month, Our Lady of Hope CES in Richmond Hill welcomed Loretta Penny, who is an author and award-winning speaker. Penny presented on cultivating unity, inclusiveness, compassion and empathy. This presentation helped students gain a better understanding of how empathy is the basis of a compassionate and civilized society.
Other Catholic schools across York Region will mark Black History Month in February with special events including visits from theatrical performances, morning reflections, guest speakers, school displays, and a variety of classroom learning activities.
Below is a sample of some of the Black History Month events taking place across the York Catholic District School Board that media is invited to.