Join Niagara Parks’ Virtual Black History Speaker Series

An Invite from the Niagara Parks Commission in Niagara, Ontario

Posted January 16th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Rosemary Sadlier, one of the key speakers for this online event, is a former president of the Ontario Black History Society and a key voice in estabishing Black History Month in Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Niagara Parks will host a three-part virtual speaker series exploring perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada, delivered by leading historians and commentators.

The online events will be held on the last Wednesday of the month in January, February and March.

The three-part virtual series features an incredible line-up of speakers, including the return of acclaimed author Saladin Allah and renowned historian, Rochelle Bush, both of whom presented at Niagara Parks’ Black History Symposium last February. Joining them to kick-off the series on January 27th will be Order of Ontario recipient, Rosemary Sadlier.

The interactive online sessions will each focus on a unique topic related to Canadian Black History and Culture.


Series Speaker Rochelle Bush is a Trustee and the resident historian of the Salem Chapel, British Methodist Episcopal Church, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Site and the owner and operator of Tubman Tours Canada.

*   January 27: Rosemary Sadlier, Blacks in the Military

  *   February 24: Saladin Allah, The Power of Cultural Competence

  *   March 31: Rochelle Bush, Fugitive Freedom Seekers Escape to Niagara

Tickets are $15 per event, with access to all three events available for $35. All sessions will begin at 7:00pm.

Virtual events will be held in January, February and March, with full details and tickets available at<>

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One response to “Join Niagara Parks’ Virtual Black History Speaker Series

  1. Thank you, Doug Draper, for your blog and writing about these particular upcoming events. : )

    While it’s terrific they’re occurring, one of the unpardonable unresolved social issues of the region is the fact that nothing/no group is made to rally, accept, unite and support an actual community of those of Africoid heritage, of all nationalities and socio-economic “classes.” In example, this event series should be priced on a sliding scale as most people of Africoid heritage in the region are of the under to lower/”working” class.

    There are so few annual or one-off events of such nature that have the potential to inspire local historical interest, encourage intergenerational respect and socialising, and positively support community for that population yet they all seem to be directed toward a middle class audience. The annual Jazz festival, sponsored by TorontoDominion, and underground railroad and other historically related events offered by Bravo Niagara, are two of very few examples that I can think of but alike this upcoming event series, neither offers sliding scale entry fees.


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