ULethbridge celebrates Black History Month: Black Joy: The Telling of Our Stories
The University of Lethbridge continues its journey and commitment to eliminating anti-Black racism and advancing Black inclusion in Canadian higher education. It is important for 2024 that, as we look back upon our journey, we continue to share stories celebrating the resilience, strength and joy of Black communities. Part of this work is ensuring we have safe and accessible spaces for our campus community to do so.
On February 1, 2024, the University of Lethbridge will continue this work by celebrating Black History Month under the theme — Black Joy: The Telling of our Stories. This theme creates opportunity for the celebration of our heritage as well as the multiplicities of stories for all Black people from Canadian, Caribbean and African Diaspora who have enriched our societies culturally, socially, politically and economically.
“Black History Month is a coming together of our community to recognize and celebrate the diverse stories and numerous contributions that have been made by Black students, staff and faculty at the University of Lethbridge,” says Dr. Digvir Jayas, President and Vice-Chancellor.
Martha Mathurin-Moe, Vice-Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, adds Black History is the celebration of our many stories, contributions and resilience as a community which sometime get overlooked or undervalued.
“It is crucially important on our journey to creating safe spaces for belonging that we continue to build our understanding of the many scholars, creators , innovators, cultural icons and activists who are pillars of Black Joy on our campus and in our community, Canada and throughout the world,” says Mathurin-Moe. “As we continue on our journey to build an inclusive campus, and to celebrate the monumental positive impact of Black people on our society, <join us> for the opening ceremony of Black History Month on February 1, 2024, at 9 a.m. in the Science Commons Atrium.”