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Court Street’s Black History Month celebrations to ‘bring something uplifting to area’

North East Hamilton merchants celebrate Black History month (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

A celebration of Black History Month on Court Street is aimed at highlighting the positive — under the theme of “embracing your culture, your heritage and your future”.

Nadine Dillas, of the Court Street Market Association, said the group organised a series of presentations for February on healthy living.

“We felt that Black History Month often focused on themes of racism and slavery, and we wanted to bring something uplifting into the area,” Ms Dillas said.

“We have organised presentations on health, wellness, exercise and living well.”

The group is publicising presentations via the Facebook page Empowered Shopping Village to celebrate the culture of Court Street and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

Zoom links to speakers are also provided on the Empowered Shopping Village Instagram page.

Ms Dillas said participating businesses were putting up posters of prominent Black history figures — with her business, Nadz Beauty Salon, highlighting Sir Edward Trenton “ET” Richards, the island’s first Black premier.

On February 28, from 6pm to 9pm, the Court Street merchants will bring a series of musicians and DJs to perform at the lay-by along Dundonald Street east of the junction with Court Street.

Ms Dillas thanked John Barritt & Son Ltd along with the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation for their support.

She said more presentations on health and living well would be organised by the group via social media going into March, which is Women’s History Month.

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Published February 20, 2023 at 7:33 am (Updated February 20, 2023 at 7:33 am)

Court Street’s Black History Month celebrations to ‘bring something uplifting to area’

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