February is Black History Month – let’s celebrate

In Black History Month, community, cultural event, Get Hats, Latest News, The Multi-Slouch on February 5, 2015 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

ONE SHOW ONLY- this Saturday February 28th at 2:00pm, 2520 Ontario St Vancouver Come see Siobhan of ‘Mama says’ storytelling one of the Legendary Aesop’s Tales- The Story of The Wind and The Sun. Food Bank Fundraiser admission by non-perishable donations.

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

February’s SWEET DEAL- buy two & get a bottle as a present

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of Sorrel.

The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.


February is also Groundhog day, Family Day, Valentine’s day, Ash Wednesday and Lunar New Year (2015 Ram).

Some things around town: BHM Collection at Vancouver Public Library, City of Vancouver BHM details, Black Dot Collective events, and films at VIFF BHM films

Black Pioneers of BC

A Storytelling Moment- BC Blacks in History; one story at a time

2015 featured Canada Post stamp set is Nelson Mandela.

“An icon of tolerance and reconciliation, Nelson Mandela was the first living person to receive honourary Canadian citizenship in 2001. The first president of South Africa to be elected in a free vote by persons of every race, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.”

In 2014  Canada Post celebrates Black History Month by commemorating two distinctive and historic African-Canadian communities: Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley and Halifax’s Africville. Dismantled in the 60s to make way for new construction, these small but vibrant neighbourhoods are gone but not forgotten.

Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, “a vibrant destination…”


The stamp features images of Fielding Spotts, a cooper by trade and the first Baptist in Western Canada, and Nora Hendrix, cook at Vie’s Chicken and Steak House and grandmother of rock legend Jimi Hendrix:

2013 Stamp:

2013 BHM stamp- Joe Fortes, Vancouver BC

  • Mark the proud tradition of Black History Month with a stamp featuring early Vancouver’s beloved lifeguard, Joe Fortes.
  • With period images of the watery playground at English Bay and photos of Joe swimming and interacting with the community, this OFDC depicts a man who carved a niche for himself in his adopted home.

some of the stats in this video are significantly dated (i.e. population now 1,000,000 vs 500,000 quotes) put the spirit of the message rings true. For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)


Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February.

Mama’s fabulousness has been featured in an article at, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is open to taking NEW orders ready 2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)

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