We’re proud to partner with the Congress of Black Women, Waterloo Region, the Canadian Caribbean Association of Waterloo Region, Guelph Black Heritage Society, Bring on the Sunshine Group, as well as numerous other individuals including Lauris DaCosta, the project co-ordinator for the Hymn to Freedom Project.

When Canada recognized Black History month in 1995, we discovered that stories about Black communities in Canada were not well known.  Our project will remedy this as well as recognize and celebrate the legacy of Canadian icon, jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson and his work ‘Hymn to Freedom.’ We’re going to create content that can be used by educators across Canada to tell the stories of Black Canadians during Black History Month.

The project began with a concert on March 22, 2019 that included songs, images and visuals highlighting historical segments of Canadian Black History - from Mathieu DaCosta, the Underground Railroad, Lincoln Alexander, Michaelle Jean, to Viola Desmond on the Canadian Ten Dollar Bill (and more) will be projected onto a screen. Jean Augustine was there. So was Oliver Jones. And Dr. Carl James. And Celine Peterson.

That was only the beginning. Creating the video curriculum is the next step. In order to make this happen, we need your help.

Join us in raising funds for the Hymn to Freedom Project.