February is Black History Month

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Today, Feb. 1, marks the start of Black History Month, an opportunity to honour and learn more about the legacy and incredible contributions of the African, Caribbean and Black communities here in Ottawa and beyond.
The Ottawa Public Library / Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa hosts several events this month, in person and online. All events are free.
On February 8, at 7 pm - 8:30 pm: Join OPL at 101 Centrepointe Drive to hear from author Kai Thomas in conversation with Jamaal Amir Akbari - learn more about his debut award winning novel, In the Upper Country.
On February 15 at 7 pm - 8:30 pm, join OPL for a French event at 515 rue Côté with author Blaise Ndala in conversation with Marie-Célie Agnant and let yourself be transported into a literary world while discussing his novels.
In addition to OPL hybrid events, various library branches will be screening thought-provoking Black films, offering a cinematic journey through history and culture. For details, please visit https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/program
For additional Black History Month events and activities happening around Ottawa, please visit Black History Ottawa at www.blackhistoryottawa.org. Black History Ottawa (BHO) is a registered Canadian charity with a mandate to advance education by increasing the public’s knowledge and appreciation of, and carrying out research in the history, culture, traditions and achievements of Canadians of African descent. Through their initiatives, they serve the community by developing and offering programs, open to the public, which focus on areas such as mentorship, youth leadership and health.

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