What does Black History Month mean to you? Professor Charlene Dunstan


During Black History Month, we celebrate the legacy of Black Canadians who have done so much to make our country the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.  

Throughout February, we're celebrating Black leaders at George Brown College, including employees, students and alumni, and asking them to share their stories in their own words. 

This week, we hear from Charlene Dunstan, Professor in the Social Service Worker program

What does Black History Month mean to you? 

February can be bittersweet for me. I love the amazing culture and spirit of my community, but Black History Month is also a time of reflection and remembrance of those who came before us and sacrificed so much for us to be in a time where Black History Month is celebrated. 

How will you be celebrating? 

I will be using this time to take advantage of the fact that the ongoing contribution that Black people make to society will be more accessible. The artistic presentations and spaces for dialogue are not always easy to find, so my kids and I will be participating as much as possible. 

A few more thoughts on Black History Month? 

As with many traditionally marginalized communities, it needs to be understood that our history, resiliency, struggle and ongoing oppression should not be a consideration for a mere 28 days each year. Those with power and privilege outside this community need to take this opportunity to educate and challenge themselves to be allies 365 days of the year.