Members of the student Black Lives Matter CommitteeMembers of the student Black Lives Matter Committee have created a “Hidden Figures” wall in the Pitt-Ferry Building to highlight lesser-known figures in Black Canadian history. Top, from left: Jillian Panjer, Ashleigh Watson, Kiera Royle, Nancy Tran, Joanna Stewart, Janay Warren, Lacy Carty, Daniel Falconer. Bottom: Samina Singh, Stacy Davy, Deneece Plummer, and Navroop Singh.

Exhibit shines light on hidden figures in Black history

An exhibit in the Pitt-Ferry Building this month highlights the contributions of Black Canadians, both at a local and national level.

The “Hidden Figures” wall, in the first-floor lobby of the downtown building which houses the School of Social Work and offices of the Centre for Executive and Professional Education, was created by the student Black Lives Matter Committee.

“With the current socio-political climate in regards to racism, populism, and police brutality, to name a few, we felt it was imperative to bring awareness to Black Canadian history,” says social work major Lacy Carty, who chairs the group. “We hope to ignite discourse on the impact that Black Canadians have had in our community, and bring attention to the issues that continue to plague this population.”

The exhibit is open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors may write inspiring messages on sticky notes provided and add them to the display.