The contributions of Afro Caribbean youth living in Grey and Bruce counties are being celebrated through Kincardine’s first Afro Caribbean Youth Culture Awards.
“As part of the Afro Caribbean diaspora of Grey and Bruce, we understand and acknowledge a strengthened lifeline created from safe places wherein historically racialized cultures can thrive,” said Jennifer Hunter, Kincardine event planning subcommittee member. “All are welcome to come celebrate and enjoy good fellowship with one another.”
Nominations for area residents between the ages of five and 25 are being accepted until Sept. 24 with the ceremony taking place at the Davidson Centre on Oct. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event features an address by internationally recognized poet Dwayne Morgan. Among Morgan’s many accolades, he is a two-time Canadian National Poetry Slam champion.
Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993 before founding Up From The Roots entertainment, which promotes the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists, the following year.
In 2022, Morgan won the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Celebration of Cultural Life Award, as well as making the 2022 Shifter Magazine list of outstanding Black men in Canada.
His keynote speech focuses on inspiring courageous conversations.
The Afro Caribbean Youth Culture Awards is a collaborative effort between the Municipality of Kincardine, the Bruce County library and museum, Bruce Power, NPX, Kincardine District Secondary School, and the Grey Bruce Immigration Partnership.
Registration for the ceremony is set to open in September. Anyone wishing to nominate a youth can do so by visiting kincardine.ca/ACCA-2023.