Black History Month – A Reflection Backwards and Looking Ahead

By: Omega Menkir February is a month that the world has dedicated to reflecting and remembering the histories and contributions of Black people to society, as we know it over the centuries, decades, and including their most recent innovations and contributions. This month includes updating the curriculum for children to take some time to reflect on what Black scientists, businesspersons, activists, and more have added to the world we had to make it the world…

Celebrating of Black History Month

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator On Feb. 18, MCIS was honoured to have Stachen Frederick as a guest speaker at one of our Lunch and Learn sessions as a part of our Black History Month celebration. Other celebration activities included launching a story sharing campaign both internally and externally by sharing articles from the Black community in North America, through staff emails and on our social media channels. As an award-winning community developer and…

African American Spirituals and the Slavery Connection: When the Song is the Message and More

By Gregory Bourne, Sales Representative As with many black families whose parents migrated from the West Indies in the late sixties, my sister and I were raised in a Christian household. My mother started hauling us to church when I was six. Dressed in my Sunday best, I wore a pint-sized suit, impossibly shiny black shoes, and the most annoying clip-on-tie. I looked like a cute, black but very angry ventriloquist dummy. As I got…