LAMP Community Health Centre's popular annual Black History Month "pride" event took place last Thursday night.
LAMP's youth centre Street Level presented Black History Celebration, a free event assisted by South Etobicoke Youth Assembly (SEYA) on Feb. 23.
"It's almost like a pride event. The community gets together. The youth and people in the community are so proud of their heritage. It's a really great, positive family-community celebration," said Jasmin Dooh, LAMP's health promoter.
Multicultural food, including West Indian favourites like jerk chicken and rice and peas were on offer, as well as giveaways and prizes.
A young man with Breaking the Cycle shared his experience exiting a gang. A young women read her poem "questioning people's actions toward black people, even today," Dooh said.
SEYA youth performed a mix of dances.
A recognition award was also presented to a Lakeshore-area youth.