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Newmarket kicks off Black History Month with flag-raising ceremony


To celebrate Black History Month, there are a variety of activities throughout York Region, beginning today, when the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association and the Town of Newmarket honour the Decade with a Flag Raising Ceremony. will be featuring Black History Month events throughout the month. If you or your organization has an event, please let us know by emailing us –

Flag raising


February 1, 2023 | 11:30 am to 12 p.m. | Peace Park Flagpole (Cane Parkway), Newmarket

East Gwillimbury:

February 2, 2023 | 11:30 am to 12 p.m. | Civic Centre (19000 Leslie Street), Sharon

Upcoming Events

Celebration and reception

Saturday,Februrary 4, 2023 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Newmarket Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) | Free Admission

Join us for the Black History Month 2023 Reception and Virtual Celebration Program featuring live entertainment, featured guests, key note address, dance, spoken word and more!

Black History Month – Art Exhibit 

February 4 to 28, 2023 | Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street)  | Free Admission 

Talented artists create their interpretation of “The Black Family: Source of Perseverance and Resilience.” NACCA is pleased to create a platform for this talented group of individuals to express their artistic vision and positionality as black artists. This year’s exhibit is The Black Family: Source of Perseverance and Resilience.

Elman W. Campbell Museum Presents Black History Month

Feb 4 to 28, 2023 | Elman W. Campbell Museum (134 Main Street South)

Tuesday to Saturday | 10 a.m. to 12 pm. &  1 to 4 p.m. | Free Admission

Join us in honouring Black History Month at the Elman W. Campbell Museum. Learn about the 75th Anniversary of Windrush through a new featured exhibit ‘The Barrel Children: The Children Windrush Left Behind’. 

Walk with our Children with Ginelle Skerritt

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | 7 to 9 p.m.

Newmarket Public Library (438 Park Avenue) | Free Admission

Join us for a live and interactive speaker presentation and Interview, hosted by the Newmarket Public Library and moderated by Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association’s Jerisha Grant-Hall and featuring Ginelle Skerritt, celebrated community builder and first Black CEO in the history of children’s aid societies in Ontario.

Falls illumination

February 9, 2023 | Dusk to 11 p.m. | Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive), Newmarket

As dusk arrives look to the Riverwalk Commons falls to see the water beautifully illuminated in the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association colours.

Film Screening Barrel Children: The Families Windrush Left Behind

“Barrel Children,” a documentary film from British-Jamaican journalist Nadine White, depicts the experience of the children left behind in the Caribbean when their parents traveled to Britain for work after World War II in what has come to be known as the Windrush Migration. 

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