Unifor Local 444 presented “The Unity of Our Community” Black History Month Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday February 16th, 2019.
Events highlighting the many great accomplishments of the black community provide an opportunity to show the public just how important their contributions are to all of society as well as provide a platform for current artists and creators.
Teajai Travis performed spoken word accompanied by his African drums and actress, writer and historian, Leslie McCurdy, performed an excerpt from her one woman play, Things My Fore-Sisters Saw. Performing as Viola Desmond, who was recently named as the new face of the Canadian $10 bill, McCurdy shed light on the impact Desmond made when she challenged racial segregation by refusing to leave a whites only area of a theatre.
“Black history is an integral part of North American history and should be celebrated all year round and interwoven with the history we give to the country.” -Leslie McCurdy
Attendees were treated to a delicious soul food dinner which included traditional southern dishes such as collard greens and fried chicken. Copies of the Omoluabi Newspaper and pins were distributed and there was an opportunity to win a variety of prizes through their silent auction, 50/50 draw and raffle.