Durham Regional Police Service is partnering with Durham Region, the Ontario Black History Society and the Canadian Jamaican Club for a celebration launch of Black History Month from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m on Jan. 28 at regional headquarters, 605 Rossland Road East at Whitby.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn about the innovative contributions people of African descent have made through a special display, speakers and presentations.
The International African Inventors Museum, curated by Francis Jeffers, features inventors whose contributions have influenced society across the globe. Since 1988, the nonprofit travelling museum has toured 180 cities in four countries and 38 U.S. states.
Sean Mauricette, a soul-hop musician, lyricist, DJ, actor, producer, designer and mentor to youth around the world, is the keynote speaker for this year’s launch. A graduate from the University of Toronto, Sean received the 2011 Arts and Culture Urban Hero Award for his work with high-risk youth in Toronto and also the 2012 Sickle Cell Miracle Network’s Community youth leadership service award.
A number of events are also planned to commemorate Black History Month, including the raising of the Pan-African flag, a performance by the Refuge City Gospel Choir and dancing by the troupe Afiwi Groove.