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Come Celebrate Black History Month in 2023!

Follow us on Instagram @BHMatMac and Twitter @BHMatMac to stay abreast of the events.

Celebrate Black History Month with us!

For more information contact: Wahi Mohamed



McMaster’s Black History Month Kick Off – February 1, 2023

What's happening in Week 1? January 30 - February 1

Mon., January 30

12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

City Hall, Hamilton

71 Main St W, Hamilton

Join us as the City of Hamilton Kicks off Black History Month with exciting portrait and banner features of Black excellence across the main street of Hamilton. From 12-3pm at City Hall, you will be able to have face time with influential city members, engage with diverse tables of city partners, and hear more about the City’s commitments to our diverse community!

Event Organizers: City of Hamilton & Hamilton Black History Council

Tues., January 31

4 p.m.

Student Wellness Centre PGCLL 210/201

Decorate the doors of wellness center for Black History Month with Glenda van der Leeuw and BlackXscape, one of the schools amazing wellness counsellors and Black focused mental health groups. This

art making and decorating session is for Black students looking to express themselves, build community, and engage with the wellness center in an intimate context.

Event Organizers: Glenda van der Leeuw, Wellness Counsellor with Student Wellness Centre

Wed., February 1

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

MUSC Market Place

Brings together students, staff, faculty for shopping, music, and more! All are welcome

Event Organizer: BSSC & Alex Montague/EIO/Black Owned Hamont/ BSSC/ Student Affairs

Wed., February 1

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Please register on Zoom for this event

Topic: Applying an EDI lens to health research design, analysis, and reporting

Event Organizer: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Grand Rounds

What's happening in Week 2? February 7 and 8

Tues., February 7

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


We invite all Black-identifying Staff, Students, Faculty, alumni and community members

In this intimate conversation, Liza Arnason and Nkem Ogbonna will share reflections about studying, living and working with disability and the work they have done to cultivate access for all through education and awareness, collaborative knowledge sharing, research and policy, and youth empowerment anchored in a national Black Accessibility Knowledge Hub.

Event Organizers: BSSC, ASE Community Foundation for Black Canadians

Wed., February 8

4 p.m. start time

LR Wilson Room 1003 and Zoom

Spiritual Care and Learning Centre in Collaboration with Black Student Success Centre is offering an amazing hybrid presentation titled, Living into New Ways of Activism: Presentation and Conversation with Dr. Gary Warner on the Spirituality of Liberation

Event Organizers: Spiritual Care and Learning Centre

Wed., February 8

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: TBD

Durag Social & Games Night – Come one, come all, and don’t forget your durags and bonnets! MacAfricans & the BSA is inviting you to a fun night full of laughs, games, and pure enjoyment. Bring your friends and join us while we listen to good music and get in the spirit of a little healthy competition. Hope to see you there!

Event Organizers: MacAfricans & Black Student Association

What's happening in Week 3? February 14 - 18

Tues., February 14

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

McMaster Museum of Art

Come check out the Valentine’s Day astrology workshop!

In this workshop we’ll be learning about different planets such as Venus and the Moon, as well as exploring other parts of your birth chart to discover your ideal match and what some of your romantic preferences are!

Stay tuned for further details that will be posted on the McMaster Museum of Art Instagram page @macmuseum

Event Organizers: Isa Wuol – McMaster Museum

Tues., February 14

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Student Wellness Centre, PGCLL 210/201

Join the Wellness Centre for a special talk by Professor Andrews to chat about Black Excellence, fatigue, and navigating black identity and higher education.

This event, curated by the Student Wellness Centre and this event is open to black identifying students. More details to come!

Event Organizers: Glenda van der Leeuw, Wellness Counsellor with Student Wellness Centre

Wed., February 15

5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

IGM Financial office in Toronto and in the Mackenzie Investments office in Montreal We are excited to be hosting in- person our third annual campus networking event to celebrate Black History Month!

Registration through and transportation details to and from the event are available on Oscarplus.

Event Organizers: Student Success Centre


Thurs., February 16

2:30 p.m.

*NEW LOCATION* Togo Salmon Hall Room 118

The department of History invites you to an amazing guest speaker event with Dr. Charmaine Nelson, Provost Professor of Art History as UMass Amherst for an exciting conversation.

Event Organizers: Department of History

Thurs., Feb. 16

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: TBA check @msu_pride on Instagram for more details!

A fun night of karaoke, dancing, snacks, and trivia about Black, Queer music. This event is open to Black 2STLGBQIA+ students.

Please check our Instagram @msu_pride for more information.

Event Organizers: MSU Pride Community

Fri., February 17

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.


The Black Student-Athlete Council invites you to honour and celebrate Black history through a friendly basketball game! The event will take place in David Braley Athletic Centre, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Event Organizers: Black Student-Athlete Council


Sat., February 18

5:30 p.m.

Liuna Station, Hamilton
360 James Street N

The 27th Annual Reverend John C. Holland Awards, themed The Return, will be held in person on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Liuna Station. This is an awards that have celebrated excellence in Hamiltons Black community; recognizing academic achievements and aspirations of Black youth through scholarships and supports to access post-secondary education. This annual awards also celebrates the rich cultural heritage of our community and recognizes the contributions of local Black leaders in Hamilton.

TICKETS ($85 adults, $70 youth):

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Event Organizers: Hamilton Black History Council

What's happening in Week 4? February 22 and 23

Wednesday, February 22

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

McMaster Museum of Art

We invite you all to our DPBN Virtual Grand Round with guest speaker: Renata Hall, Manager, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Education-Equity and Inclusion Office as we discuss the topic of: Anti-Black Racism – Trauma Informed Allyship

DPBN Virtual Grand Round Registration link

Event Organizers: Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Grand Rounds Committee

Thursday, February 23

*NEW TIME* 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Hybrid Event – 100 Main Street W

DFM Black History Month Storyteller’s Symposium: Bringing together Hamilton and McMaster-based artists, the Department of Family Medicine is excited to present their first ever Black History Month Storyteller’s Symposium. From poets to dancers to singers to drummers, this will be a local showcase of the beauty and resiliency of Black stories and art.

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite

Event Organizers: Department of Family Medicine

What's happening in Week 5? February 27 - March 7

Mon., February 27

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

MacIntyre Performing Arts Centre – Mohawk College

Presenting legendary civil rights activist Minijean Brown- Trickey, former child soldier turned performer/peace activist Emmanuel Jal, and Ugandan dance sensation Suubi Dance in Hamilton for Black History Month.

Event Organizers: NEXIM International Development Organization (NIDO)

Mon., February 27

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Diversity Through the Eyes of Stories with Chidiebere Ibe | You are invited to join the Faculty of Health Sciences on February 27th 4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT in welcoming Chidiebere Ibe, Nigerian Medical Illustrator, medical student and aspiring Pediatric Neurosurgeon, known for his famous illustration of a Black pregnant woman with a Black fetus. He is a TEDx speaker who has gained global recognition for his work and continues to actively work to expand the frontiers of diversity and inclusion in the health care system.

Please register on Zoom to join the event

For more information or to request an accommodation please contact: Faculty Affairs

Event Organizers: Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty Affairs and FHS Equity Diversity Inclusion and Indigenous Reconciliation Committee Black Excellence Working Group

Mon., February 27

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

Check @BHMatMac for details

Black, Indigenous and racialized students, staff and faculty are invited to a facilitated discussion prominent faculty on campus, Dr. Selina Mudavanhu and Dr. Nathan Andrews, will discuss their journey in academia and what they are looking forward to doing at McMaster.

Registration is required: Email using your McMaster email and include “LTAR, [First name, last name]” in subject line.

For more information visit: PACBIC Working Groups

Hosted by: Race, Racism and Racialization (R3) PACBIC Working Group and the Equity and Inclusion Office. This initiative is supported by McMaster University’s President and Vice-Chancellor’s Fund.

Event Organizers: R3, EIO

Tues., February 28

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Meet alumni with varied career paths and hear about fields of work including from tech to not-for profit, how volunteerism fits in their lives and how the path after university can take surprising and rewarding turns! Accomplished, down to earth and happy to connect with you – make some great connections with alumni in this engaging career focused conversation.

Questions can be pre-submitted or during Q&A session.

Event Organizers: Office of Alumni Engagement

Wed., March 1

4 p.m.

L. R. Wilson Concert Hall

Dr. Selina Mudavanju and Rose Adusei in collaboration with the BSSC is bringing you an evening of digital storytelling and conversations focused on the narratives of 3rd and 4th Year Black students in Higher Education. Light finger snacks and refreshments to be provided!

Event Organizers: 20/20 Hindsight Project Team in collaboration with Black Student Success Centre

Tues., March 7

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: TBA

Check @BHMatMac for details

Let’s Talk About Race invites you to our annual discussion on Muslim Identity, Muslim Studies and Islamophobia to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the 2017 Quebec Mosque Shooting.

We have invited two amazing McMaster members for an invigorating discussion; Sumia Ali and Fatimah Jackson-Best will join us on what Black Muslim Identity means to them.

Registration is required: Email using your McMaster email and include “LTAR, [First name, last name]” in subject line.

For more information visit: PACBIC Working Groups

Hosted by: Race, Racism and Racialization (R3) PACBIC Working Group and the Equity and Inclusion Office. This initiative is supported by McMaster University’s President and Vice-Chancellor’s Fund.

Event Organizers: R3, EIO