Today the City of Vancouver launched an interactive photomap to mark Black History Month.
According to a press release the web-based project, called Give Them Their Flowers, "centres the experiences, hopes, and wishes of 10 Black residents who have made impactful contributions to life in Vancouver."
"This February will mark the 25th anniversary of the acknowledgement of Black History Month across Canada," says Nya Lewis, director of BlackArt Gastown, the photomap curator. "It is an honour to lend artistic expression and voice to celebrating the contributions of Black Vancouver residents. Though we will never be able to shine a light on all the stories of Black excellence and resilience, we can as a city move towards a more supportive and equitable community.
“It was especially exciting to be able to share what the honourees’ hopes and wishes are for Black futures," Lewis adds. "We owe a debt of gratitude to these honourees and so many more that often go unnamed for their relentless commitment to Black joy, well-being, and liberation.”
The "key voices" recognized by Give Them Their Flowers this year include planner Anthonia Ogundele, DJ/event producer Shanique Kelly (aka Softieshan), entrepreneur/art director Roger Collins, activist Angela Marie MacDougall, community planner Lama Mugabo, musician/facilitator Khari Wendell McClelland, content creator/community activist Judith Kasiama, artist Anthony Joseph, the B.C. Community Alliance, and Black Lives Matter Vancouver.