Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Carleton University held its Black History Month event on the Carleton University campus. Students from various academic disciplines and members of the Ottawa community joined in for a seminar & discussion on the theme, “The Role of Youth in Building the Black History of our Future”. Dr. Daniel McNeil from the History Department and in the Migration and Diaspora Studies at Carleton University drew on topics leading from the melancholy
of the post-colonial setting leading up to discussions about Blackness and the role of the young generation in putting forward their efforts to create meaningful arts and music of the diverse Black cultures of the world. There was active discussion during the seminar, where participants discussed critical issues such as the role of the media, education, ethnocentrism, and the shift of music genres created by Black people in the past until now. The discussions proceeded with a spoken word poem called “The Average Black Girl” which guests watched on the screen, performed by Ernestine Johnson. The event ended with snacks and dessert where students shared their thoughts while enjoying some baked goods.