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At a time when disheartening levels of racism have been increasing globally, Black History Month recognizes a history of systemic injustice, honours the multitude of lived experiences within the Black diaspora, and celebrates the community responses and transformational creative production that times of strife have always inspired.

We’re marking this month with a collaboration with MRU Diversity & Human Rights and the Iniskim Centre and bringing a series of events that explore the interrelationship of Blackness with Queer and Trans life, Indigeneity, class, and more, drawing strong connections that enhance our understanding of Black lives and realities.

We’re proud to present these events in celebration and recognition of Black History Month and hope you will join us.


Speaker Kim Katrin Milan

Monday, February 6 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Main Stage, Wyckham House
Join writer, educator, and artist Kim Katrin Milan as she speaks about the challenges and realities of creating connectivity and inclusion through activity and human rights advocacy in relation to queer communities of colour. This includes unpacking the concept of privilege, intersectionality, what it means to “create space”, and exploring the difference between living an experience and studying an experience through academia.


Black History Month Art Showcase

Tuesday, February 7 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Council Chambers (2nd floor Wyckham House)
We’re showcasing local art from Calgary’s Black community in this celebration of the transformational creative production that times of strife have always inspired. Featured artists will be in attendance and guests are encouraged to engage and discuss with the artists and their work. Wine and cheese will be served. Following the evening with the artists, the art display will remain available for viewing throughout the week in Council Chambers from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. until Friday, February 10th. Don’t miss this event – join the Facebook event!


Workshop and Lecture with Kyle Mays

Thursday, February 9 | Various times and locations
In recognition of Black History Month, SAMRU is hosting transdisciplinary scholar Kyle Mays for his “Spit yo game and talk yo sh*t!” workshop on creating (counter-) safe spaces in neo-liberal universities. Afterwards, join him for a reception and mingling opportunity in the Iniskim Centre, and then attend his lecture on Black & Indigenous relations that afternoon.
Workshop at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Reception and mingling at 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in the Iniskim Centre
Lecture at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in EC1060


Others Within: An Intersectional Symposium

Friday, February 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Lincoln Park Room (J301)
This day-long event will interrogate the possibilities of transformation within the context of higher education and academic scholarship. The invited speakers will address issues of gender and race inequity in hiring, retention and promotion, sexual assault on campus, mentoring, and experiences of racialized students and faculty. See more information at the Facebook event page.


Film Screenings: Community of Colour

Friday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 28 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | U111
All students are invited to come together in a space of solidarity with students of colour for these film and documentary screenings. Tuesday, February 14th will show 13th, a documentary by Ava Duvernay. On Tuesday, February 28 Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, will be screened.


For more information about these events, please contact Cory Cardinal, Cultural and Indigenous Inclusion Programmer, at or (403) 440-7795.