Black History Month

We are excited to welcome Babarinde to St. Bernadette’s on Monday at 1:15 pm virtually to share stories of Black Canadian Heroes.  Baba is an award-winning motivational speaker, singer, percussionist, recording artist, trumpet and saxophone player, ethnomusicologist, music director, writer and Griot (African historian and storyteller) who has been featured on Ted Talk and other academic forums. He was born in Nigeria, West Africa and had been playing drums as soon as he could walk. His most unforgettable experience was playing for Nelson Mandela in 1990 when he paid a visit to the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Baba has invited our students to bring simple handheld percussion instruments from home so they can participate and drum along with him.  Percussion instruments can be created from recycled bottles, boxes, tin cans, or paper plates.  Students are also welcomed to bring in a small drum, bells or tambourine.

Earlier this week, our students welcomed author Aubrey Clarke for his reading of the picturebook Fly Little Black Bird Fly. His message of hope, perseverance and courage was embraced by our community.  More information on Aubrey can be found by visiting his website at




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