I grew up not really thinking of myself as Black. I had no Black friends and no connections with Black communities. Indeed, as a kid who struggled with social anxiety, I found other Black people kind of intimidating. It wasn’t until much later in life, with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, that I began reading, watching and listening to try and understand the very different lives being experienced by people who looked like me. Then after my election in 2015, I found out I was only the third Black person to ever serve as an MLA in Alberta. I began to see what that meant to others and it began a journey of exploration of Black history and communities in Alberta and my identity and place as a Black man.
Join MLA David Shepherd for this presentation via Zoom.
Black History Month 2022 is a university-wide celebration that aims to raise awareness of the contributions made by Black Canadians to Canada’s culture and legacy, past and present. It also creates a space to reflect on the realities Black Canadians continue to face regarding racism and discrimination. All events are free to attend and open to the public, however, registration may be required.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.