Celebrate Black Excellence

Have you displayed motivational, leadership and mentorship qualities? Have you done exceptional work in your community? We would like to acknowledge your accomplishments and recognize YOU!

This award is generously supported by  Emera. 

Nominate yourself or someone today!! 

Complete our Nomination Form.

Nominations close on January 30, 2021. 

For more information, email: or 

African Heritage Month Events- 2021
Saint Mary’s University’s African Heritage month events are generously sponsored by Emera. 

  1. Launch and Keynote
    Monday, February 1, 2021 | 11 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

    Join us for the launch of African Heritage Month! This event will include speakers and live performances from the African Nova Scotian and Saint Mary's communities. The university is thrilled to welcome Candace Thomas BA'86, Deputy Minister, Department of Justice, who will participate and provide the keynote address.
    Watch a recording.

  2. Let's Celebrate Black Excellence at Saint Mary's University
    Monday, February 1, 2021
    See details at the top of this webpage.

  3. Rhythm & Poetry
    Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Join us for an evening of poetry infused with rhythm! Guest poet: Dr. Afua Cooper, Halifax Poet Laureate (2018) & Portia White Prize winner (2020).  This event will take place on Zoom. 

  4. Dr. Angela Davis Keynote Address: We Are Still Here. Remembering. Reaffirming. Resilience
    Friday, February 12, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Dr. Angela Davis is a Professor Emeritus, Civil Rights Activist, Educator and Author. The event will take the format of a keynote address and insightful open dialogue with attendees. This event will be moderated by Charisma Grace Walker.
    Watch a recording.

  5. Panel Discussion: Faculty Challenging Anti-Black Racism Through Pedagogy
    Monday, February 22, 2021, | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    This panel engages with insightful discourses of teaching and learning that challenges anti-Black racism through a multiplicity of pedagogies.  Our aim is to challenge assumptions that are invoked in the classroom regarding Blackness and Africanness, as they intersect with multiple experiences, histories, and positions. Faculty and staff with expertise in the area will raise awareness about the complex issues students face regarding anti-blackness. Sign-up here.

  6. African Heritage Month Movie Trivia: Black Panther & When They See Us
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Test your knowledge of two significant movies! This event will take place on Zoom.
    Sign up now.

  7. “We Been Here”: SMU Black Alumni panel discussion. 
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Saint Mary’s University is a rich source of diasporic Black experience and knowledge. Join SMU Black alumni as they discuss their experiences at SMU, their professional careers, the rich histories and traditions of African Nova Scotians, and their commitment to service. Hosted by Dr. Rachel Zellars and Delvina Bernard via Zoom. Sign up here.


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