General Assignment Reporter
It was loud, rhythmic and moving.
Humber College’s closing event for Black History Month was Ubuntu, an African drumming workshop in tribute of Nelson Mandela.
Students and staff joined Babarinde (Baba) Williams on Feb.26 in exploring traditional African philosophy and what it has to offer for our understanding of the world.
Williams has been playing the drums since he was a toddler, and has had the honour of playing the drums for Mandela in 1990.
This is the first time Williams performed at Humber College, said Candice Warner-Barrow the Human Rights and Diversity Coordinator at Humber College.
The workshop helped remind students and staff of the importance of kindness and humanity in celebrating Black History Month.
And it was the caring showed by Canadians that helped Mandela be freed after 27 years in a South African jail.
With the leadership of then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney fighting for the freedom of Mandela, Canada played an important role in Mandela’s life, said Williams.
“For us to understand your future, you have to know the past, you don’t ignore your past, but you learn from the past,” said Williams.
Black History Month is everybody’s month, event organizers say, and the workshop was intended to remind people of why the month holds such importance.
“I really believe black history is everyday history, its everybody’s history,” said Nancy Sims, the director of Human Rights Equity and Diversity at Humber College.
“It’s a time that I think Canadians or North Americans acknowledge and validate the gifts that people of African descent has brought to this country and the world,” she said.