Black History Month reminds us of the rich contributions within our society from people of African and Caribbean decent, and of their ongoing struggle for equity and social justice. Every February, Canadians can participate in festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

Virtual activities, events and presentations

Pan-African Flag Raising Ceremony

Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. 

This year for Black History Month the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) and EG's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee are hosting a flag raising ceremony on Thursday, February 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Community flagpole located outside of the Civic Centre. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the Town's Facebook Channel.

Virtual Author Visit: Shauntay Grant 

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Students in grades 3 to 8 are invited to join the East Gwillimbury Public Library for a virtual reading for school children, by celebrated author, Shauntay Grant, featuring her book, ‘Africville’, illustrated by Eva Campbell. Africville, was the winner and finalist for several children’s books awards. Shauntay is an author, poet, playwright, and multimedia artist. Her love of literature stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia’s historic Black communities. 
For more information and to register, email

Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA)

Explore this year’s theme: The Black Family: Source of Perseverance and Resilience by participating in activities and events throughout Black History Month. 

Throughout the month of February, the NACCA will endeavor to explore various aspects of the Black family’s ability to sustain perseverance and resilience. Join NACCA and their partners for various events: 

2023 Black History Month Events

For more information, please visit the Town of Newmarket's website.