Rhythmic African vibes and children with colourful hand-made masks took
over the Hall Building mezzanine on Saturday, Feb. 15, in an event called
The Richness of Black Cultures.
The fair celebrated Black History Month with a multitude of literature,
art and jewelry displays. Visitors were offered dishes of African origin,
like curried chicken and Haitian cornbread, between performances of capoeira,
a Brazilian martial art invented by African slaves, and nubialité,
a dance used to express womens sensuality in Haiti.
Younger participants enjoyed storytelling and face painting while their
parents browsed information booths hosted by organizations including the
Nation of Islam of Canada.
The Richness of Black Cultures was organized by UMOJA, Concordias
African Student Union, in association with local groups like Black Women
On the Rise, the Jamaica Association and the Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle.