TDSB Black students lead panel discussions, and CTV -The Social, features the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium

The Journey to Black Liberation Symposiumand Black Liberation Ball, is taking place this weekend February 1stand 2nd, 2019. A part of Kuumba Black History Month festival at Harbourfront Centre. Register today and get your free tickets.

Online registration for the symposium will be closed on February 1st, and then it will only be registration available on the day of the event at the venue.

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) partners with the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium to bring youth led plenaries on Toxic Masculinity and Homophobia; and Police brutality. Creating an intergenerational learning space is important to the organizers of the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium and we are excited to partner with some awesome young people from Downsview High School (TDSB), who have co-created the Black Brilliance conference, which have been successful for the past three years. These youth led panel discussions  will take place on Friday February 1st, 2019 from 10m to 2pm, this will be youth led and youth only space, teachers and guardians are welcomed. Lunch will be provided, to register your students, email

OCAD University partners with the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium, Black students from OCAD, will be showing some dope artwork that speaks to the idea of Black Liberation during the symposium on February 1stand 2nd, 2019, these artwork will only be shown over this weekend, please come out and check out these great art pieces.

HuffPost Canada features Black Daddies Club and WeSpeak barbershop session on January 25th, 2019 at Hairplay Salon, the topic was on Honesty in Black relationships in Toronto, and the discussion was a primer for the bigger conversation taking place at Harbourfront Centre on February 2nd, 2019.

CTV The Social will feature two of the three co-curators of the Journey to Black Liberation Symposium and Black Liberation Ball. Twysted Mugler and Brandon Hay, will be featured on the live TV show on Friday February 1st, 2019 at 1pm, Get your PVR ready.

Announcing the headliner guest for Journey to Black Liberation Symposium and Black Liberation Ball Feb 1st and 2nd, 2019 at Harbourfront Centre

“There can not be true Black liberation, until we are all liberated and free.”

The Symposium is a collaboration between the Black straight and Black LGBT2QS+ communities, with one of the purpose of the event which is to have cross-borders dialogue around issues that affect Black communities from around the world, the other goal is to speak to the fact that there are multiple entry points into Blackness and the fact that the Journey for Black Liberation can not only be for heteronormative folks. 

See the complete line up for the plenaries at this year’s Journey to Black Liberation Symposium, we are 90% sold out for some of our plenaries, so register for free today and also buy your tickets for the Black Liberation Ball, which is guaranteed to be sold out this year for the 2ndyear in a row.

As Black Daddies Club goes into our 11th year of doing grassroots community based education in the city of Toronto we are excited to co-present, The 2nd annual Journey to Black Liberation Symposium and the Black Liberation Ball which were born through the 2017 Black Love Matters Un-Conference course at York University co-taught and co-created by Nigel Barriffe and Brandon Hay (founder of Black Daddies Club).

All the plenaries are free, we want to ensure that this symposium is as accessible as possible for community members to attend.

We are excited to announce that our headliner this 2019 is Dominque Jackson, who will be doing an intimate dialogue entitled “I AM WOMAN”, best known for her leading role of Elektra Abundance of the FX Television series Pose, will be discussing her life as a trans Black woman and the challenges and achievements that have made her the women she is today. 

We are excited to announce we have a barbershop discussion event leading up to symposium entitled “Black People Being Honest: Dating While Black in Toronto in 2019”, this discussion will be on Friday January 25th, 2019from 7pm to 9pm at Hairplay barbershop 2444 Dufferin Street, the event is free and no registration is needed.

Media will be at this event and we will be filming this discussion. Please see flyers attached for more details