Public Celebration of Black History at Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus


Student research presented in ‘Four Moments’

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, Oshawa


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Trent University students in Oshawa, along with Afro-Canadian community partners, invited the public to “Four Moments in Black History”, a cultural fair and mini-lecture series to celebrate Black History Month at 55 Thornton Road South on Tuesday, February 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Renowned Caribbean historian Professor Michele Johnson from York University gave the keynote address at 6:45 p.m. with a reading from her new book, They do as They Please: the Jamaican Struggle for Cultural Freedom after Morant Bay.

Trent students presented their research in “Four Moments in Black History” a series of 15-minute lectures on the topics of: 400 Years of Slavery, the Haitian Revolution, the Underground Railroad in Canada, and the History of African Music.

The event featured a public fair in the atrium of Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus, with interactive educational displays, traditional African-storytelling, Congo music, performances by gospel singers, “A Taste of the West Indies” food sampling and craft activities for kids.

Also in honour of Black History Month, Trent students in Oshawa are preparing for a second event, where they will again present their mini-lectures in conjunction with ‘A Journey of Faith’, a special presentation featuring songs from the slavery era to the modern day on Saturday, February 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Pickering, 755 Oklahoma Drive, Pickering.

The events are free and open to the public, though donations will be collected towards the establishment of an academic award for African descended students at Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road Campus. For directions, visit


For more information, please contact: Laurie Jacklin, professor of history at Trent University, 705-748-1011 ext 5047,