Kicking off Black History Month with Black in BC: Celebrating Black Excellence

DIVERSEcity’s second annual Black in BC event is set to take place on  February 1, 2024, in Metro Vancouver

Held during Black History Month, with the support from the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), the Black in BC event is a celebration of Black talent, culture and achievements in Canada, while creating space for connection and learning.

Surrey stands out as the city with the largest Black population in BC.  And there are more than 170 different countries of origin for Black immigrants in Canada. Although the process of transition can be challenging for newcomers in the community, the more connections formed, the greater the resilience and success that can be achieved. Attendees can expect an immersive experience that highlights the rich contributions of Black individuals in various fields.

“The Black in BC event is a significant gathering for Surrey’s Black community and the wider landscape of British Columbia. Our goal is to empower and amplify the voices of the Black community by showcasing their unique talents and celebrating their remarkable resilience in the face of adversity,” said Lenya Wilks, Director, Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement, DIVERSEcity.

“We strive to create a platform that not only uplifts Black voices but also provides a safe space for open and honest discussions about the issues affecting this community. Through our efforts, we hope to inspire positive change and promote a more equitable and inclusive society for all. This event is a reminder that embracing our differences enriches us all and contributes to a more inclusive and harmonious society.”

Event Highlights:

  • Master of Ceremonies: Michael Newman of Global BC fame
  • DIVERSEtalks panel featuring local leaders including: Asha Wheeldon of KULA Foods, Clavia Alleyne of Black Business Association of BC, James Kamau, founder Beyond Hoops Africa, and Alice Murage, Research Fellow, Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics and Society, and Director of the African Ancestry Project
  • Fashion show featuring Black designers sponsored by Vancouver Community College
  • African dance entertainment and drummers
  • Music by Rafikis Band
  • Complimentary African cuisine buffet
  • Black business exhibitors
  • Inaugural Black Brilliance Awards, featuring three awards: Rising Star Award (up to age 29),
    Trailblazer Award (age 30+) and the Luminary Award (15+ years of impact)


Event Details:

Date: February 1, 2024

Location: Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey, BC

Format: Open to public

Time: 3–7 pm


Registration is recommended via Eventbrite:

Special thanks to our funder IRCC, platinum sponsor KPU, gold sponsor TD and community sponsors Surrey Digital Printing and Surrey Board of Trade.

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