The Surrey Museum will host a community-organized celebration of Black History Month this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.
The free, all-ages event will highlight the contributions of the black community in music, sports, politics, science and human rights movements.
“We were approached by a passionate Surrey resident, Embers Moore, to provide the space for a celebration of black history,” says Lynn Saffery, Museum Manager.
“It was an immediate yes. Having community members share their cultures via the Museum is a major initiative for us as we grow. We are pleased to be a vehicle to educate the community about the many cultures vibrant in the City of Surrey.”
The afternoon will include a wide variety of musical performances, including gospel, country, African drums, ragtime, jazz and hip hop.
Dominik Heins will play jazz piano, Blue Team Blue will perform hip hop and local resident Embers Moore is also expected to perform.
As well as dance art performances and music, free non-alcoholic ginger beer and Jamaican patties will be served.
During the event, visitors are also welcome to visit the history gallery, the museum’s new Disney exhibit and the Kids Gallery. Children will also have the opportunity to make a freedom quilt square and an Amistad friendship bracelet.
The Surrey Museum is located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey and is open Tuesday to Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Admission is sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum Society and is free.
For more information, call 604-592-6956 or visit www.surrey.ca/heritage.