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Black History in Oshawa: One Family's Story

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Jess Hann Branch
Jess Hann Branch Children's Area
Learn about the earliest black settlers in Oshawa and their contributions to our city.
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Presenting the Honourable Jean Augustine

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Northview Branch
Oshawa Public Libraries welcomes the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine P.C., C.M., C.B.E. for an inspiring presentation about her lifelong commitment to diversity, civic engagement, and economic empowerment. 

Jean was the first Black Woman elected to the Parliament of Canada and served in increasingly responsible roles including that of Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary of State and Minister of State (Multiculturalism and Status of Women); Special Advisor on Grenada to the Prime Minister; Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade; and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. 

Dr. Augustine is responsible for the 1995 motion for Canada to recognize February as Black History Month.
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Caribbean Heritage in Oshawa

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Legends Centre Branch
Legends Centre Branch Program Room
Meet our panel guests and community partners for a lively discussion of early settlement of Caribbean people in the Oshawa area and the establishment of Club Carib over 50 years ago.
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Club Carib Steel Drum and Dance Festival

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
McLaughlin Branch
Take in the full Caribbean experience with the Hummingbird Dancers and Oshawa Sounds of Steel. See an amazing live dance presentation, and learn about Caribbean Culture. Purchase delicious Caribbean snacks too!
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