DC recognizes Black History Month

In February, Durham College (DC) joins individuals and organizations across Canada to recognize Black History Month, a time to celebrate the remarkable contributions of members of the Black community and reflect on our shared history and culture. In honour of Black History Month, DC has raised the Pan-African Flag at the Oshawa and Whitby campuses – a symbol of Black liberation and solidarity for members of the Black/African diaspora.

As the DC community celebrates the achievements of the Black community, it also acknowledges the systemic barriers that have limited its members’ opportunities and potential. DC condemns all forms of anti-Black racism and all systems of oppression which deny individuals the right to equitable treatment, access and fairness. The college is committed to listening, learning and taking steps towards fostering equitable and inclusive access for all by creating a diverse and inclusive campus for everyone – regardless of race – this month and every month.

In recognition of this year’s Black History Month theme “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build,” DC is centering its efforts on fostering Black wellness, recognizing it as a crucial element for achieving Black excellence. To support this, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is hosting two engaging and collaborative events this month to celebrate and explore the unique aspects of Black wellness, including racial equity in the workforce.

In addition, this weekend DC is hosting the Allies in Equity – Removing Barriers basketball tournament, to promote inclusion through sport and dialogue among athletes.

Members of the DC community are encouraged to visit the DC Library online for curated resources to help strengthen their understanding of the experiences, histories, achievements and challenges of the Black community.