Cultural Extravaganza Highlights Black History Month

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Black History Month and cultural aspects of African countries and the Caribbean were highlighted on February 15, 2020 – thanks to the Rehoboth Alliance’s Black History Month Cultural Extravaganza. The celebration was hosted at the Unifor Building in downtown.

Founded in 2013 locally, Rehoboth Alliance is a community based organization with a “mandate to promote healthy development of the social, cultural and emotional needs of women, youth and children in Wood Buffalo and Alberta.”

Regina Oppon is the group’s Executive Director and explains more about the event.

“Black History Month is about celebrating black Canadian Heritage and its contribution to Canada. We had over 160 people in attendance for the Cultural Extravaganza, which featured booths and artifacts from African and Caribbean nations; plus a unique dish from their culture for food tasting. Cultural dancers and documentaries depicting Black Canadians who have contributed towards the socioeconomic development of Canada were also part of the program.”

Rehoboth Alliance’s annual Black History Banquet and Awards Night in collaboration with the Afro Canadian Community of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will take place on February 29, 2020 at Shell Place. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Wanda Costen, Dean, School of Business at MacEwan University.

Tickets are $60 and available from Eventbrite.


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