Coalition of Justice, Unity and Equity Open House
During her opening address, Joi Hurst/Morrison, (CJUE) CEO said, “It is important to learn about Black history for the contributions made to Canada. Those journeys to freedom are legacies that must be taught to our youth. Our Wall of Fame display recognizes over 36 individuals from both sides of the border who have invested their lives advocating for education and supporting youth in reaching their potential.”
In celebrating Black History Month in February, students spoke to the meaning of each of the panels of the Underground Railroad Quilt – “a visual map to freedom” that profiled how Black American refugees followed the North Star to Canada and found their freedom.
Guests from various professions were recognized for their dedication to youth engagement. As mentors, they motivated students to establish their “brand” by moving forward to achieve their goals preparing for their post secondary school education.
During her closing remarks, Elise Harding-Davis, (African Canadian Heritage Consultant/CJUE Partner) said, “It is imperative for all youth to strive – to overcome and to succeed and families are responsible for nurturing that process.”