Black History Month – Past Events for 2021

Film Screening: Ninth Floor

February 12, 2021

This event was open to students, staff, faculty and community members.

It started quietly when a group of Caribbean students, strangers in a cold new land, began to suspect their professor of racism. It ended in the most explosive student uprising Canada had ever known. Over four decades later, Ninth Floor reopens the file on the infamous Sir George Williams sit-in. In her first feature-length documentary, director Mina Shum takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University sit in of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal university.

Attendees engage in a film screening following by a Q & A with Nantali Indongo (picture below).

Black History Month Symposium: Honoring the Diversity of Black Leaders and Agents of Change

February 8, 2021

This event was open to students, staff, faculty and community members.

Attendees listened to a keynote speech from Dahabo Ahmed Omer (picture below), Director of the Black North Initiative.

Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Executive Director of the Black North Initiative

Following the keynote, attendees engaged in a panel discussion and Q & A with leaders of the Black community. The leaders included

Paul Taylor

Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto


Biko Beauttah

Founder, Trans Workforce


Stachen Frederick

Executive Director, Weston Frontlines Centre


Cam Litchmore (moderator)

Program Coordinator, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office (EDIO), University of Toronto Scarborough