Black History Month

Black History Month 2022 - Moya Bailey

ARCDO Celebrates Black History Month!

The motion to officially recognize February as Black History Month was introduced in the House of Commons in 1995 by the first Black woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The University joins in celebrating and recognizing the change makers of African descent in Canadian history, who shaped the fabric of Canadian society and impacted innovation in all sectors including science, engineering, medicine, public health, education, politics, and the arts.

Join ARCDO for the following Black History Month programming:

In recognition of Black History Month
Restore Celebrates – Happy Black Futures Month

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office is hosting two curated spaces of restoration and wellness for faculty, staff and students at the University of Toronto who identify as members of Black community.

Restore in black font with brown background

Yamikani Msosa (they/them)

Learn about Hill Studio 

Faculty and Staff who identify as members of Black community

Monday, February 14, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST
Registration Closed

Students who identify as members of Black community

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
Registration Closed

Note: You must use your University (utoronto) email address to register.
Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform. Accessibility information for Zoom.


February 24, 2022 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  
Addressing Anti-Black Racism at the Intersections: Stories, Advocacy and Actions

Join the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office for a keynote presentation and film screening, that explores strategies, stories and resources to address anti-Black racism as it intersects with forms of gender-based discrimination.

If you require accommodation, please email Saimah Baig directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements. Live captioning will be available to all participants during the session. Any other inquiries about this events, please contact Natasha Prashad.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Keynote Presentation: Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance

Moya Bailey

Keynote Speaker: Moya Bailey (she/her/hers), Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Northwestern University

Bio: Moya Bailey is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice and she is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She is the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network and the Board President of Allied Media Projects, a Detroit-based movement media organization that supports an ever-growing network of activists and organizers. She is a co-author of #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (MIT Press, 2020) and is the author of Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance (New York University Press, 2021).



In this keynote presentation, participants will;

  • Deepen their understanding of the concepts of misogynoir, anti-Black misogyny and Black womanhood;
  • Explore the manifestations of anti-Black racism at the intersection of gender identity and sexuality within post-secondary environments;
  • Identify and discuss the role of post-secondary environments to support anti-Black racism advocacy and the Black feminist movement overall; and
  • Identify and discuss the strategies, tools and resources (including digital tools such as social media) to address anti-Black racism and gender-based discrimination in working, learning, and online environments.

The keynote includes a moderated Q & A session.

Break – 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Film Screening and Discussion: HERstory in Black

HERstory in Black shares the experiences of 150 women who excel in their field, who push for greater diversity and who help build vibrant communities. Directed by Emily Mills in recognition of Canada’s 150th celebration, the documentary is “intended to shine light on Black women – here and now.” The participants range from the first Black woman to become an elected Law Society of Upper Canada bencher for the Toronto region, to a dedicated volunteer who works with several not-for-profits, to Black women influencing the fields of arts, media, science, engineering, law and others.
Click here to view trailer for the documentary.


Registration Closed

Format: Virtual – Zoom Platform. Accessibility information for Zoom.
Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students and External Community
Cost: Free


In recognition of Black History Month
Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office kicks off Black History Month with our second event in our Race, Equity & Action Speaker Series on January 24, 2022, with Professor Owusu-Bempah, focused on campus safety and anti-racism.

Learn More



Rosemary Brown

We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.
— Rosemary Brown