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Mosaic of Black Culture stops in Bradford, builds allyship

'As we learn about Black history together we can move forward in community togetherness,' said Making Change co-founder and chair

Residents of all ages came out to celebrate the 'rich Black history' in their own backyard Sunday, during the Mosaic of Black Culture - A Family Event.

Hosted by the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library and Cultural Centre and created by Making Change Simcoe County, the interactive event featured live steel pan music, a make your own steel pan craft, and an overview of Black history from a local Canadian perspective presented by Making Change speaker Debbie Opoku-Mulder.

Making Change’s goal is to spark broad community interest and foster conversations around inclusion and diversity. It has a specific focus on raising awareness, educating and exposing people to Black communities, Black cultures, and issues around anti-Black racism.

"Through our Mosaic of Black Culture event we want to create opportunities to build allyship," said Michèle Newton, co-founder and chair of Making Change. "As we learn about Black history together we can move forward in community togetherness.”

During Black History Month, several communities across Simcoe County will welcome the Mosaic of Black Culture - A Family Event. The next events will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 in Barrie and Wasaga Beach. 

Residents in Barrie can attend from 2 - 4 p.m. at the MacLaren Art Centre, located at 37 Mulcaster St.

The event in Wasaga Beach will be held from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Wasaga Beach Recplex at 1724 Mosley St.

Pre-registration is required for each event. Visit their website at for pre-registration links by location. Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged.