Black History awards cap celebratory month in Victoria

Inaugural gala a black-tie event at the University of Victoria

Five individuals who have worked to promote inclusion, cultural and economic diversity for blacks in Greater Victoria are being honoured for their actions.

The first-ever Black History Month Recognition Awards happen Friday (Feb. 28) at 5 p.m. at the Vertigo Lounge in the University of Victoria’s Student Union Building.

The stated aim of the awards program is to honour “distinguished residents of Victoria and surrounding cities who have made significant contributions to the social, political, religious, intellectual, and economic development of blacks in Victoria.”

The honourees include UVic human rights education advisor Moussa Magassa, B.C. Black History Awareness Society volunteer members Ron Nicholson and Valin Marshall, Wontanara Drum and Dance founder Mohammed Duranteau and Victoria Ska Fest founder Dane Roberts.

The awards program is a joint initiative between the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society, the University of Victoria Students of Colour Collective and the African & Caribbean Students Association.

The all-ages gala is a by-donation event and dress code is black-tie formal. For more information, call Boma Brown at 250-858-6576 or email vaccsociety@gmail.com.

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