Jully Black Shows Support as TD Unveils Their Signature BHM Events

14-Jan-2016 | SHARE:

TORONTO, Ontario — An initiative to celebrate the Arts and to engage artists is one of the new enterprising events that TD Bank is sponsoring in its 2016 Black History Month series.

Shawn Cuffie, creative director of Art Xperiential Projects, a non-profit organization, announced the inaugural Black Diamond Ball to celebrate the art, music and fashion of Africa and the Caribbean at a press conference held on the 54th floor of the TD Tower in Toronto on January 14.

Some of the other events during February are a panel discussion about black women in film, the Toronto Black Film Festival, the African American a cappella group, Sweet Honey In The Rock and a play, Venus’ Daughter, presented by Obsidian Theatre Company, among others.

There will also be the launch of Historica Canada’s new Viola Desmond Heritage Minute in Toronto and Halifax in February.

Canadian civil rights icon and businesswoman, Viola Desmond, courageously fought racial segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940s after she was arrested while sitting in a movie theatre section reserved for white patrons.

Though her legal challenge was unsuccessful, the case became a catalyst for change. She was posthumously pardoned in 2010 by Nova Scotia Lieutenant-Governor Mayann Francis.

Canadian R&B songstress, Jully Black, was the emcee at the 2016 TD Black History Month Series Launch

Canadian R&B songstress, Jully Black, was the emcee at the 2016 TD Black History Month Series Launch

At last Thursday’s launch, hosted by R&B/Soul singer, Jully Black, and attended by  Canadian Idol runner-up, Gary Beals, and many other artists, Alan Convery of Community Relations, TD Bank Group, said the events are about recognizing the contribution of Black Canadians in building Canada and will be artistic cultural showcases of Black History.

Black said the bank has played an important role in celebrating Black ancestry and legacy.

Presented by the bank since 2008, the annual series features an exciting line-up of Canadian and international talent and brand new events to encourage and inspire Black Canadian youth, entrepreneurs and artists

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Source: www.pridenews.ca