Black History Month 2021

Celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February with BLSA Osgoode!

This year, BLSA Osgoode is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting “Black Resistance”. We will recognize over the years, how Black individuals and communities have come together to resist oppression and injustice. We acknowledge that resistance can take on many forms including, but not limited to, activism, cultural celebrations, and care at the individual level. We will provide a space this month for the broader community to contribute their definitions of what Black Resistance means to them. Through initiatives like our Virtual Resistance Gallery and Social Media Campaign, we will highlight varying interpretations of this month’s theme.

Check out our Opening Video to delve into a collection of Black Resistance over the years!

Here are some of the other events we have planned to celebrate this year:

Resistance Gallery – Friday February 5, 2021, launched at 7:00pm

We will launch an independent website that features diverse forms of artistic expression from Black artists. Each artist has a written reflection that explains how their submission embodies Black Resistance. You will have the opportunity to explore the gallery at your own pace.

Check out the virtual gallery here!

Virtual Gallery Artist Talks –  Tuesday February 16, 2021 12:30pm-2:00pm via Instagram Live

Some of the artists featured in the Resistance Gallery will have the opportunity to join us via Instagram Live (tune in via @OsgoodeBLSA) to speak about their artist journeys and elaborate on the piece(s) they submitted in a short moderated talk.

See our Instagram account for more information on the artists joining us!

Fireside Chat – Wednesday February 17, 2021, 12:00pm via Zoom

In collaboration with the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History (the “Society”), we will have a panel discussion with three Black legal professionals: Selwyn A. Pieters, Asha James, and Justice Lori Anne Thomas. The moderated panel will explore the career path of each professional and highlight how Black Resistance has manifested through their journeys. 

Our partnership allows for a BLSA member to research with the Society and develop materials to add to their Oral History program, in order to highlight the work of Black legal professionals. 

Register via Eventbrite here.

Bake Night – Thursday February 18, 2021, 7:00pm via Zoom

As a method of treating ourselves and taking some intentional down time, BLSA Osgoode will host a virtual Bake Night with Dough Re & Mi Bakery (@doughreandmi) to create a West African dessert: Puff Puff! 

We will send out a short list of ingredients to registrants and also help pay for the required groceries! Please register for Bake Night by Friday February 12, 5:00pm to get an email with your grocery list before the weekend. Register at the absolute latest by Sunday February 14, 2:00pm to get your grocery list before the event so you have enough time to grab your ingredients. Registration can be found here.

Hot Takes on Friday February 19, 2021 at 6:00PM via Zoom

Join us on February 19th, for a night of hot takes! We will be covering a variety of topics ranging from our recent Netflix favourites to Love Island and beyond! We want to provide you with the opportunity to share opinions, ideas, and perspectives on these topics and others that we may not get to talk about often. This event will be happening around dinner time so feel free to bring some food, a beverage, and your energy because we want to hear from you!

The Zoom link will be shared closer to the date of the event.

Wellness, Your WayMonday February 22, 2021 from 12:30 – 1:30pm

We reached out for your feedback and got some great ideas for another Black History Month event! We hope that in between classes you will join us for a wellness session to escape from this hectic time of year and take care of ourselves. 

“Wellness, Your Way” will be held via Zoom and will offer two separate wellness events for you to choose from. Please review the description for each activity and register (link in bio) by February 19, 5:00pm to let us know which activity you prefer.

Lincoln Alexander Award Ceremony – Thursday February 25, 2021, 6:00pm via Zoom

This ceremony honors the recipient of the Lincoln Alexander Award, who embodies the values of leadership, professional excellence, and a commitment to public service. The award is named after a Black Canadian trailblazer and champion of equity. This celebration also recognizes the recipients of the LSAT Bursary, which helps fund LSAT tutoring for prospective law students.

Register for the event here. You can find out more about the Lincoln Alexander Award here and more on the LSAT Bursary Program here.

Know Your Worth Conference – Saturday February 27, 2021, 10:00am via Zoom

Every year BLSA Osgoode partners with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to host a youth empowerment conference. The Know Your Worth Conference gives high school students in the TDSB an opportunity to take on leadership positions by helping plan and promote the event, in addition to leading a student workshop. The programming for the day includes workshops and a keynote address designed by community leaders, and fun interludes for the students.

Check out the Instagram page (@knowyourworthconference) the student leadership team created for the Conference to keep up with the latest news!

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