Join us Saturday, the 10th of December 6:30pm

Get into the festive spirit at our annual Christmas Celebration.

This year we will feature music from renowned
Canadian Artist John Gracie, local artist
Shawn Downey and United for Christ,
Harp player Saeed Foroughi and the Saint Matthew’s
United Church Handbell Choir. The evening will also
feature a special presentation on Kwanzaa by Wayn Hamilton.

Join us for live music, performed in a cabaret style with
refreshments and a light buffet. A fun filled
relaxing family evening.

Admission is $ 25.00 per person.
Tickets on sale now. Call – 902-434-6223 or visit www.bccns.com

Funds raised will be used to support the ongoing programs and
services of the Black Cultural Centre

Buy Ticket – Online

The Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia

Proudly Presents 


The 22nd annual Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver-Night of Honour will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia.

The following list of individuals are 2016 Award Recipients:

• Mr. Louis Gannon Sr. – Halifax (Posthumous)
• Ms. Olive Jackson (Clyke) – Halifax (Posthumous)
• Ms. Melinda Daye – Halifax
• Ms. Mary Desmond – Upper Big Tracadie
• Mr. Wendell Skeir – Halifax

Keynote speaker: Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, PhD

Admission for this event is free. However, a monetary donation is requested.

The Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver Night of Honour is hosted annually by the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia at the Black Cultural Centre in commemoration of founding member Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver, who exemplified dedicated and outstanding community leadership. In recognition of his legacy members of the Society are invited to nominate person (s) for consideration of this annual award. Since its inception the Wall of Honour has inducted over 130 deserving inductees.

For further information, contact: The Black Cultural Centre
Tel: (902) 434-6223 or Toll Free 1-800-465-0767
website: www.bccns.com


Gospel Workshop with Javert “Jaye” Haynes – June 2016

Sharp 5 Productions in partnership with the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, is hosting, a multi-day Gospel Workshop featuring Javert “Jaye” Haynes, music minister of Blessed Hope Missionary Church, Cleveland Ohio. Haynes is an organist, percussionist, vocal coach and bassist on Bobby Jones Gospel Hour.

This unique development workshop will take place June 9th – 12, 2016 at the Black Cultural Centre and will provide an opportunity for the development and inspiration of those who would like to develop their music harmonizing and vocal techniques.  This multi-day event will end with a concert performance on the final day. Registration is $ 50 per person with limited spaces available.

The complete workshop package includes the following schedule:

Thursday, June 9: 6:30pm – 9pm
Registration, Meet and Greet
• Breathing Techniques
• Singers are Thinkers Class
• Rehearsal

Friday, June 10: 7pm – 9pm
• Breathing Techniques
Understanding Music Theory
• Loud & Proud – Out Front
• Final Rehearsal

Saturday, June 11: 9am – 4pm
• Breathing Techniques
• Final Rehearsal

Sunday, June 12: 4pm
Gospel Showcase Concert


Register Now! Early Bird Registration Fee of $ 50 until May 1, 2016. After that period registration fee will be $ 60.

Register at the Black Cultural Centre or online by clicking the “register” button below.

poster 2016






Gospel Concert Celebration 

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 6:30 pm
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia


The Nova Scotia Mass Choir 

Guest Performances

Preston Harmonies

African Dance and Drumming


Words of Inspiration

Dr. Verona Singer, HRM Victims Services Coordinator

Tickets: $5.00   & $15 Family of 4
(available at the door)

Event Coordinated by:
Nova Scotia Mass Choir
African Nova Scotia Music Association
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
South Eastern Community Health Board
The Black Cultural Centre

African Heritage Month Essay Competition and Book Launch

11050005Cherry Brook, February 19, 2016

The Black Cultural Centre in partnership with RBC hosted the second annual Atlantic region Black History Month Essay competition. This competition is part of a larger national competition that RBC has been offering since 2012. An audience of over 200 high school students from across the province took part in the event, which featured guest speakers and essay presentations from the local finalists.

RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) asked high school students applying to Canadian colleges or universities to tell us their stories of how black Canadians have helped define Canada’s heritage.

Students from across the country sent in their essays.

Throughout February, we’re celebrating Canada’s history and its future by publishing the 25 scholarship winners. Congratulations to all the winners!

$5,000 scholarship winner:
Kikachukwu Otiono, Colonel By Secondary School (Ottawa, ON)
>> Download Essay

$2,500 scholarship winner:
Jillian Conrad, Auburn Drive High School (Dartmouth, NS)
>> Download Essay

$1,500 scholarship winner:
Jarvis Bernard, Auburn Drive High School (Dartmouth, NS)
>> Download Essay

In addition to the Essay Completion the event also included the launch of a new book titled “Viola Desmond’s Canada” written by Dr. Graham Reynolds and Wanda Robson. Both were on hand at the Centre to mark this special celebration.

For more information about the RBC Essay program visit: http://www.rbc.com/essay/

Press Conference and Stamp Unveiling

The Black Cultural Society / Centre of Nova Scotia, the 100th Anniversary Planning Committee, in partnership with Canada Post, will be unveiling a limited edition stamp featuring the No. 2 Construction Battalion. Along with the unveiling, the committee will be sharing details on the many events taking place over the next few months to commemorate and remember the No. 2 Construction Battalion.

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook N.S.


When the First World War broke out in 1914, Black Nova Scotians responded patriotically to the call to arms. Despite being ready and willing to serve overseas, and contrary to official government policy, they were told by most unit commanding officers “this is a white man’s war.” As a result, the vast majority of Black men were turned away to avoid an integrated army.

Determined to serve, Black Canadians rallied for equality. The solution was a segregated battalion. On July 5, 1916, over 600 Black men – about 300 from Nova Scotia and another 300 or so from the rest of Canada, the United States and the British West Indies – formed No. 2 Construction Battalion, C.E.F. The all-Black construction unit, commanded by white officers, was designated to support the front lines on the Western Front in Europe. They assisted four forestry companies in logging, milling and shipping lumber ‒ an essential commodity during the war ‒ dug trenches, built railroads, repaired roads and laid barbed wire to contribute to the combat troops in the achievement of their mission.

Their sweat and tears peppered the fields of France and the unit returned to Canada in January 1919. In September 1920, the Battalion was disbanded, only to fall back into the shadows. Their legacy was not brought to light until decades later by the late Senator Calvin W. Ruck and the Black Cultural Society / Centre.

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of No. 2 Construction Battalion (aka the “Black Battalion”). Canada’s first and only segregated all-Black unit paved the way to a future of diversity, as demonstrated in today’s armed forces. With the simple desire to serve their country, these men forged a remarkable legacy and are an important part of this country’s history.

The purpose of this program is to increase awareness of the history of No. 2 Construction Battalion and provide a greater understanding of the sacrifice and efforts made by these Black Canadian soldiers. The Black Cultural Society / Centre of Nova Scotia and the Centennial Planning Committee will be hosting and taking part in several months of events and activities commemorating No. 2 Construction Battalion. The program will culminate in a large-scale event to be held July 9, 2016 in Pictou, Nova Scotia – the site of the battalion’s official monument.

Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Black Culture in Nova Scotia (better known as the Black Cultural Society) was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1977. The Society’s Board of Directors is made up of representatives from various Black communities throughout Nova Scotia and one representative of the African United Baptist Association.

The genesis of the Black Cultural Centre lay in a proposal put forward in 1972 by Reverend Dr. William Pearly Oliver for the creation of a Cultural Educational Centre to meet the needs and aspirations of the Black Communities of Nova Scotia.

The sod-turning ceremony took place April 24, 1982. Seventeen months later, on September 17, 1983, the Centre officially opened. Many events have taken place at the Centre, such as cultural portrayals in the form of music, plays, concerts, as well as educational activities in the form of workshops, lectures and guided tours. Programs of the Black Cultural Centre extend beyond its doors to the broader community of Nova Scotia. This outreach is achieved through cultural events across Nova Scotia.

For further information, please contact the Black Cultural Centre: Russell Grosse, Executive Director, Black Cultural Centre Craig M. Smith, President of the Black Cultural Society

Telephone: 902-434-6223 Toll Free: 1-800-465-0767 E-mail: contact@bccns.com

Publicity & Marketing Chair Lindsay Ruck rucklindsay98@gmail.com 902-293-5236

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