How to celebrate Black History Month in Vancouver

Joe Fortes instructs local swimmers, circa 1905 (City of Vancouver Archives)

Black History Month has been a February tradition since 1926. In 2012, for the first time in Vancouver history, the City of Vancouver partnered with the Vancouver celebration organizers to host a slew of Black History Month events.

The collaboration is welcome; Vancouver has a rich tapestry of Black history and the more support the celebration receives, the more we’ll learn. Did you know that Seraphim “Joe” Fortes (pictured above) who moved to Vancouver from Barbados became English Bay’s first official lifeguard in 1901?

Find out about Vancouver urban history and Black History Month after the jump. I’ve also listed highlights from the packed schedule of Black History Month events including film, music and performance.
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How to celebrate Black History Month in Vancouver

Win Special Access to Rare Artifacts and Incredible Theatre

The Culture in Vancouver campaign gives a lucky few access to some of our city’s most iconic venues. The next experience offers winners an opportunity to explore both past and present.

A private tour of the Museum of Anthropology will provide a unique glimpse into cultures around the world. Only a small portion of the Museum’s 535,000 archaeological objects are on display, but our winners will go behind-the-scenes to see  some of these priceless relics and artifacts first-hand. Continue reading:
Win Special Access to Rare Artifacts and Incredible Theatre

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