J4BL Book Club
Join J4BL founder Sherri Darlene to read and discuss her powerful book selections. As Niagara's grassroots organization Justice4BlackLives continues to grow and impact the region with their hands on approach to combating systematic racism. Join Sherri Darlene in the fight for change through education and much needed discussion. Her book selections are deliberate and purposeful and will spark your thirst for a truthful knowledge.
May book selection:
Between the World and Me
By By TA-NEHISI COATESTa-Nehisi Coates
“This is required reading” (Toni Morrsion)
Participation is limited to 15 individuals and pre-registration is required. Email Christine at [email protected] by May 9th to register. Online Event
May 13, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Green Book in Niagara
Explore the publication The Green Book; a travel-guide for the black community of friendly establishments, printed from 1936-1966. While the guide originally only featured New York City, it quickly grew to include international travel spots – including the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tune in to learn more about the publication in general, as well as the Niagara establishments that advertised within it.
Video will be released at 7pm on May 20, click on the link to watch: https://youtu.be/u3E2DAKUS_A Online Event
May 20, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Battle Ground Hotel: Deconstructed
Dig deeper into the Battle Ground Hotel as we check out some archaeological findings that guided the building’s restoration and interpretation. This early commercial establishment served visitors at the famed War of 1812 battlefield of Lundy’s Lane through the 1800s. Now operating as one of the City of Niagara Falls museums, we continue to learn about our early heritage tourism and emerging Canadian identity through the people who frequented the site and the objects they left behind.
Video will be released at 7pm on May 27, click on the link to watch: LINK STILL TO COME Online Event
May 27, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Coming Out Stories: Darryl Dyball, AKA Macy Manolo
Join Falynn Shaw as she hosts a series of events for the LGBTQ+ and straight communities alike. Each night will feature a different special guest to share their personal coming-out story. Come be a part of these much-needed conversations in the Niagara Region. All are welcome.
Darryl is a Niagara local, born and raised and Macy Manolo has been performing & fundraising across Canada & the USA with various 2SLGBT+ organizations over the past 15 years. She's Niagara's sassy red head, and always delivers an entertaining show.
Click on the link to register: https://niagarafalls.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kei9L2zIT3iDuERv6cYoqw Online Event
June 3, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Re-Play: Coming Out Stories: Bif Naked
Take a look at this presentation which first aired this past March! Join Falynn Shaw as she hosts a series of events for the LGBTQ+ and straight communities alike. Each night will feature a different special guest to share their personal coming-out story. Come be a part of these much needed conversations in the Niagara Region. All are welcome.
As one of Canada’s most unique, recognizable and beloved entertainment industry icons, Bif Naked reigns rock supreme as a Gold and Platinum selling recording artist, prolific songwriter, dynamic producer, and intuitive artist manager. Contributor to such national publications as the Globe and Mail and the Huffington Post, and as seen on shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Bif Naked is an Internationally best-selling author of her 2016 memoir, I Bificus (HarperCollins Canada), and a highly engaged public speaker and human rights, animal rights, anti-poverty and social justice activist.
YouTube Link to Presentation: https://youtu.be/8HpdqsR3nsQ Online Event
June 10, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Indigenous Symbolism in Beadwork
Join us for a conversation with Samuel Thomas where he explores the importance of the strawberry in Haudenosaunee culture. Sam is a member of the Cayuga Nation and a respected beadwork artist with pieces in the permanent collections of museums across Canada and the United States, including the ROM.
Click on the link to register: https://niagarafalls.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jJfhBqqOSnWHKQ5OzpGyAQ Online Event
June 17, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Power of Music
Join Phil Davis; an established local musician of Haudenosaunee decent whom partakes in Traditional Haudenosuanee songs, is a Pow Wow and Creee Round dance singer, and co-founder of the 7-piece blues/rock/funk/jazz jam band Ol’Child.
“My focus of sharing is to speak to the importance of our music and how they play a role in our daily lives. The meaning of songs, the importance of them to us, and how that knowledge translates to today’s world that we all share. Why does music affect us as human beings, how long has it been around, what purpose did/does it have? I believe we all absorb and gravitate towards sound because it is an important aspect to our being. I find sharing my experiences and perspective of music leads to great dialog about the self and the world we share. It knows no boundaries and continues to be the universal language.”
Click on the link to register: https://niagarafalls.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8QfqzXDUQgyr7NrRMbYdQg Online Event
June 24, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM