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Black History Month offers a time to reflect on the significant past and present contributions of Black people in Canada, with a focus on nurturing future opportunities.

Concordia is focused on change, progress and building awareness around initiatives that tackle anti-Black racism.

Read on to discover how Concordia's Black community has made its mark at the university, in Montreal and beyond.

The President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism at Concordia
One-year progress report

The implementation team of the President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism has shared a progress report highlighting work accomplished since the launch of its final report in 2022.

Nearly 20 projects include new scholarships, support for mental health, student success and ongoing work to infuse Black perspectives in select courses.

Honouring Black presence at Concordia

A diptych image with a ring structure/sculpture in a gallery on the left and a black and white portrait of a man with short dark hair, a goatee beard and wearing a black t-shirt and open collared shirt Charles Campbell and his piece “Breath Cycle 1,” 2022. | Photos: Left (art) photo by Dennis Ha, right (portrait) photo by Lia Crowe

Honouring Black Presence is Concordia's new public art program that will celebrate the histories, presence and futures of Black Concordians through ephemeral public artworks. Honouring Black Presence at Concordia is one of many concrete actions meant to respond to the final recommendations of the President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism.

“The program responds to a longstanding demand to establish sites of Black presence at the university,” explains Cynthia Alphonse, project coordinator for the President’s Task Force on Anti-Black Racism. “Supporting this initiative is one of the ways the university community can help celebrate and honour the contributions of Black peoples to Concordia.”

Celebrating Concordia's Caribbean Community with Candace Jacobs

Candace Jacobs, BSc 02, MA 07, is director of internal communications at Concordia. She joined the university staff as a student in 2000 and worked her way up to recruitment officer, then into managerial and director roles, assuming her current position in 2022. A second-generation Concordian, Jacobs interviewed her father, Leon Jacobs, BA 70, who studied at Concordia during the Computer Centre Protest. She interviewed him in 2023 to discuss his experience as a Black student in the 1960s.

Meet the Concordians featured

Watch the video series featuring more former members of the Caribbean Students’ Union.

Events and activities

Participate on social media by sharing photos of your Black History Month activities with the hashtags #BHM2024 #Concordia

Black History Month: a timeline

A list of key dates in the evolution of Black History Month and the origins of the African diaspora in Canada.


Recommendations from the Concordia Libraries and Cinema Politica

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Montreal murals

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