Emancipation Day commemorates the Abolition of Slavery Act, which became law on August 1, 1834. This act freed more than 800,000 people of African descent throughout the British Empire. In honour of Emancipation Day the Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association of Hamilton is staging We Are Planted Here: Commemorating Emancipation Day. The keynote speaker is Natasha Henry, President, Ontario Black History Society. The event will include an Arts and Culture Celebration featuring local artists including Juno and Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist Liberty Silver, Spoken Word Artists Klyde Broox and Shiloh Wong, African Dancer Aisha Nicholson and Drummer Jean-Assaoma.
Keynote Speaker Natasha Henry is the president of the Ontario Black History Society. Natasha is an historian and has been an educator for 19 years. She is an award-winning author and an award-winning curriculum consultant, focusing on Black Canadian experiences. Henry is currently completing a PhD in History at York University, researching the enslavement of Africans in early Ontario. Through her various professional and community roles, Henry’s work is grounded in her commitment to research, collect, preserve and disseminate the histories of Black Canadians.
Musical Guest Liberty Silver is a multiple Juno and Grammy Award winning recording artist. She was originally discovered on the US based TV show Star Search hosted by Ed McMahon. Liberty Silver was the first Black woman to receive a Juno award. Her Grammy Award (collaboration) was in association with her performance on the single Tears Are Not Enough, which raised funds for relief of the famine in Ethiopia. She has performed for and shared the stage with prominent and influential figures and recorded songs and performed on studio recordings that have sold millions of units worldwide including multi-platinum dance tracks. She has performed thousands of shows, including some of the most celebrated musical events from across the globe.
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