Celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February with BLSA Osgoode!
Black History Month 2022
Here are some of the other events we have planned to celebrate this year:
February 1st: Opening Ceremony – February 1, 2022, via Zoom
On February 1st, we’ll be kickstarting Black History Month with an Opening Ceremony celebrating Black Joy. Celebrating Black Joy does not equate to forgetting or silencing the oppression that we face, but rather, it celebrates the ways through which Black communities and people thrive despite it! Our celebrations will recognize the fact that over the years, Black individuals and communities have come together to resist oppression and injustice, all the while celebrating and uplifting our joy, success and excellence.
This event will take place virtually from 6-8pm EDT via Zoom. Join us to hear from our esteemed panelists about what Black Joy looks and feels like to them – within the legal profession and beyond! We will be joined by Betelhem (Betty) Wondimu, Solange Davis-Ramlochan and Professor Ogbogu.. We are also extremely excited to welcome Kemi King to the virtual stage for a spoken word performance. We cannot wait to see you there!
Black in Law Panel – February 9, 2022, via Zoom
On February 9th, we will host a Chat session with Black legal professionals to get the real tea on being Black in Law. This event will feature a panel discussion, followed by an audience Q&A session. The purpose of this event is to host a candid and open forum for working within legal spaces. We will be joined by Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell, Raquiya Austin, and Theresa Donkor.
Attendees can join us via Zoom here.
Code-Switching Collaging – February 15, 2022, via Zoom
At this event, we will discuss Code-Switching and how it affects us as Black folks in our everyday lives (academic and workspaces). This event will be co-facilitated by Queen’s Collage Collective. This event would be informative, creative and interactive. The attendees would have the opportunity to make their own collage while listening to our very talented facilitators.
Attendees can join us via Zoom here.
Know Your Worth Conference – February 26, 2022 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.
- Latest updates on this year’s conference can be found on the Know Your Worth Instagram.
Lincoln Alexander Ceremony – February 28, 2022, 6pm 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..
This year, our ceremony will take place on February 28, 2022 at 6pm via Zoom. You can register for the event here. You can find out more about the Lincoln Alexander Award here and more on the Bursary Program here.
Release of BLSA Osgoode’s BHM Zine – February 28, 2022
On February 28, BLSA Osgoode will be releasing a virtual Zine featuring a compilation of content (written and visual), as well as community-based resources geared towards uplifting and centering Black Joy. In order to produce this Zine, BLSA Osgoode reached out to members of the wider Black community (Toronto and beyond). We would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this important community resource!
Virtual Movie Screening – DATE TBD, via Zoom
BLSA Osgoode will be teaming up with OUTLaws to stream “Our Dance of Revolution”, a documentary spanning four decades of Black Queer history and communities in Toronto.
Attendees can join us via Zoom – more information regarding date and zoom details to follow.