Vancouver Campus celebrates Black History Month in Canada

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Yasin Kiraga Misago, president of the United Black Canadian Community Association (UBCCA), and Vancouver Provost Cecil Abrahams celebrate Black History Month.
 
Fairleigh Dickinson University's Vancouver Campus and Provost Cecil Abrahams celebrated Black History Month with three special events.
 
On Wednesday, Feb. 11, Yasin Kiraga Misago, president of the United Black Canadian Community Association (UBCCA), spoke as a part of the Distinguished Visitors' Series, at the Vancouver Campus. Misago will discuss the “History of the Black Community” in Vancouver.
 
The UBCCA community has developed ten short videos — some of which screened at the event — on the various areas of Vancouver where blacks have lived during the past 100 years.
 
Misago is the founder of UBCCA, a non-profit organization that exists to foster, empower and increase education, economic development and tolerance for the preservation and promotion of black culture, customs, values, history, arts, heritage and way of life within Canada.
 
A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Misago studied political science and international relations. He is the president and founder of the Afro Public Relations and Communications International and the CEO of Ubuntu Human Rights International. He founded Bring Back Our Girls in Vancouver, a Human Rights group dedicated to campaign for the awareness to promote democracy, justice, freedom, liberty, teaching, promoting and defending human rights, using the United Nations Declarations for Human Rights, according to the UBCCA website.
 
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Vancouver Provost Cecil Abrahams visits Strathcona School to discuss the history of Africa.
The following day, Thursday, Feb. 12, Abrahams visited a local school, Strathcona School, to discuss the history of Africa. The elementary school invited several guests to speak on black history, in celebration of their 100-year anniversary.
 
Abrahams also spoke at the Africa In Dialogue Conference held at Simon Fraser University on Thursday, Feb. 26. "In achieving our dream of uniting the individuals, groups and different voices of Africa, we would hope to spark greater conversations and initiatives that will inspire, motivate, and challenge our communities to take these conversations into more productive actions," says Munatsi Mavhima, president of the African Students' Association, which organized the conference.