Honoring the 2014 Black History Month Laureates

This year’s Round Table on Black History Month Laureates. Photo by U.S. Dept of State.

Consul General Andrew Parker and his wife Sheryn Hylton-Parker were delighted to host a reception at their residence honoring this year’s twelve laureates of the Round Table on Black History Month. Black History Month has been officially celebrated in Quebec since 2007, but the Round Table has been organizing activities enabling Quebecers to discover the richness of the African diaspora’s culture for over 20 years. The organization’s mission is to promote activities focused on the history and the contemporary situation of Black communities in the province. This year’s theme was “None of us acting alone can achieve success”, inspired by Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inauguration speech.

Over 100 guests gathered for this seventh annual reception in honor of the laureates at the Consul General’s residence. Mr. Parker recognized the outstanding leadership of this year’s laureates, recognizing that the work of leaders such as themselves bring us closer every day to the peaceful new world Nelson Mandela had envisioned. Among the guests were renowned signer Kim Richardson, actor and singer Gardy Fury, Round Table President Michael Farkas, Dimitrios Jim Beis, Borough Mayor, Pierrefonds/Roxboro and member of the executive committee responsible for cultural communities and Frantz Benjamin, City Councilor, Villeray/St-Michel/Parc-Extension and speaker of the house. The atmosphere at the event was positively charged, an optimistic reminder that together, we can make a difference.

Congratulations again to this year’s laureates: Chermaine Nelson, Yvonne Sam, Julien Reiher Umoja, Fabrice Vil, Aymar Missalika, Nydia Dauphin, Régis Dahany, David Shelton, Kofi Sonokpon, Frank Dike, Keithy Antoine and Yannick Tchoum. For more photos of the event, please visit the photos section of our Facebook page.