Black History Month at St. Andrew’s
Remembering and Understanding the Heritage of African Canadians
– Part of Canada’s Heritage All-Year Long
Saturday, February 23, 2019
7 - 9 pm
FREE ADMISSION (FOOD DONATION AT DOOR)
This event, presented in association with Black History Ottawa, will explore the military heritage of African Canadians during the First World War and how the voices of minorities are heard in the telling of Canada’s history. Adrian Harewood will moderate presentations by Anthony Sherwood, Blake Seward and Kathy Grant. Admission is free but donations of non-perishable items for the Centretown Emergency Food Centre are encouraged. St. Andrew’s Church (corner of Wellington and Kent Sts.) Across from the Supreme Court of Canada. Wheelchair accessible, by elevator at 82 Kent St entrance. Parking is available on adjacent streets and on the west side of the Supreme Court. Public Transit is nearby.
Adrian Harewood, CBC
Adrian Harewood is the co-host of CBC's local weekday supper-hour television newscast, CBC Ottawa News at 6 and the host of the weekend current affairs show Our Ottawa.
Adrian grew up in Ottawa's west end, and attended elementary and high school at Ottawa's Ashbury College. He studied Political Theory and History at McGill University, where he was also station manager of the campus radio station CKUT.
Before coming to television, Adrian was the host of the number one rated All in a Day on CBC Radio One in Ottawa. He has been a guest host on national CBC programming including: As it Happens, Sounds Like Canada and The Current.
Adrian has a keen interest in community involvement. He spends hundreds of hours every year at events in Ottawa and the surrounding area.
Kathy Grant of Toronto is an advocate for current veterans who also works tirelessly for the remembrance of Black Veterans. She follows in the footsteps of her father, Owen Rowe whose collection celebrates the contribution of Black Veterans which went beyond its original focus on Canadian veterans of West Indian descent. Her work also includes sharing the collection of Thamis Gale who documented the service of Blacks in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Currently Ms. Grant uses this collection in a variety of ways, including programming with the Canadian War Museum and Veterans Affairs Canada. A Memo of Understanding was signed in 2007 with Library and Archives Canada to eventually receive Owen Rowe’s collection.
Blake Seward of Smiths Falls is a teacher who received the 2006 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching. He founded the Lest We Forget project which has seen countless students across Canada use online and other resources to learn more about veterans in their local communities.
Anthony Sherwood of Toronto is an award-winning producer of documentaries and educational material celebrating the heritage of Canadians of African descent. He is particularly well known for his works which have raised awareness of Canada’s No. 2 Construction Battalion from the First World War which was most recently honoured by the Government of France.