Black History Presentations

“I want to know about Black History though at times it seems a Mystery and it shouldn’t be cause it’s Ours you See.”

 

Donise Campbell Scheffler – Special Education / English Teacher, Heart Lake Secondary School
Anne-Marie delivers a powerful message that highlights the contributions of members of the African diaspora to the development of the Arts and Canadian culture in general.  She engages and inspires young people through song and poetry that is relevant and uplifting. At a time when our youth need to be empowered and encouraged, Anne-Marie’s approach to understanding self and honoring our ancestors forces all to engage in reflection as we consider how to promote dialogue that helps us better understand diversity and work towards acceptance of each other. Her message is a good for all times. I encourage anyone who is looking for a motivational speaker, coach, or mentor for young people in schools or other environments to consider drawing on her expertise.”

My Philosophy on Black History Month or African Heritage Month is that Black History is and should be a part of World History. The Month is important and it is still relevant because for many it will be the only time they learn about the important contributions of people of African descent from our Past and our Present. I didn’t learn Black History in School but through my brother David Woods who had an organization called the Cultural Awareness Youth Group of Nova Scotia. I have participated in Black History Month Celebrations since the 80’s in Nova Scotia and it’s just a part of who I am.  I started presenting in schools and teaching at an Africentric Saturday School (The African Canadian Education Project (ACEP) in 1988 in Nova Scotia.  To this day I am thrilled I am resource for Educators and Students in Canada and Abroad during this month and beyond. Like I always say I am a woman of African Descent 365 days of the year so I hope that my work and outreach is utilized beyond the period of only one month. However, if  you do want to book me for Black History Month then…  you can book me to Curate, Teach Workshops, Perform, or I can Aid you in Writing and Working out your Ideas for a New Project Idea.


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The Three Friends – Fri. Feb. 24th

This year I have been hired to write, direct and cast a Black History Month Showcase for the annual Afrocaribbean Multicultural Association and the City of Barrie, Ontario.

Imani Enterprises presents…

The Three Friends explores the question – What would happen to friendships or relationships if they weren’t always acceptable?

Written, Directed and Starring Award Winning Playwright and Activist Anne-Marie Woods alongside Up and Coming Youth Actors- Antonio Parsons, Sheree Spencer and Kaia Richardson.

A Black Lives Matter protest took place at Jean Augustine University and Three Friends; one from Nova Scotia, one African American and one from Toronto have all ended up in a boardroom to   deal with the feelings caused by the protest. As temperatures rise and the discussion heats up they soon learn that Black, White, American or Canadian we all have more in common than you might think. The Three Friends is an important show that deals with Black History in Canada and Race Relations.

From the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Civil Rights Movement to the Present Day Political Climate … History, Fiction and Fantasy will unite to tell the story of Black History In Canada in an exciting and unique way.

Special thanks to Ebenezer Inkumsah who officiates the Black History Month Events in Barrie, Ontario and who has helped teach thousands of Simcoe County children the historical relevance of events that have shaped the lives of Canada’s black communities. I look forward to creating this showcase for their February 24th celebration.

For more info on The Three Friends go to our link http://www.imaniartsbiz.com/the-three-friends/


The Three Friends Feb. 22nd in Richmond Hill

Michael Grit the Theatre Manager for The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts has just booked The Three Friends for another presentation for high school audiences Black History Month Event.


Harbord Collegiate Institute Thurs. Feb. 2nd

Spoken Word and Literacy with a Black History Theme – We will teach a grade 9 and 10 English class the art of spoken word through a performance and creative writing workshop that will teach some important facts about African Canadian History.


Queen Victoria Public School Fri. Feb. 3rd

Spoken Word and Oration – We are thrilled to be back at Queen Victoria Public School. In 2012 we did our Power to Change Program there with the elementary classes and it was a huge success. This year we will work with two grade 8 classes who will be working on slam poetry pieces on Viola Desmond. We will work with them on their creative writing and performance skills.


St. Leo Catholic School Feb. 9th and 10th

Spoken Word and Storytelling using Black History in Nova Scotia as a Theme – We will spend two days at St. Leo Catholic School working with students from grades 4-8. We will teach them about Heroes and Sheroes from Nova Scotia and then work with them on creating poems or short stories. Special thanks to Paulina O’Kieffe for arranging this booking.


Crestwood Preparatory College Feb 27th

African Heritage Assembly for 100-120 students We will present one of our Artivational Keynote Speeches “Journey Into Me”.


Etobicoke North Probation and Parole Board March 2nd

Performing Spoken Word accompanied by drummer Derek Thorne for their annual Black History Month Celebration.


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Artistic Accomplishments

April – September 2016 – Playwright for  She Said/He Said the Theatrical Rhapsody on Black Love in Toronto – World Premiere at the MAI produced by Black Theatre Workshop Montreal – directed by Artistic Director Quincy Armorer, Nova Scotia Debut at STAGES Theatre Festival and Toronto Premiere produced by Imani Enterprises at Native Earth’s AKI Studio Theatre.

July 2016 Producer, Performer and MC for Harbourfront Centre’s Shield to Shore Festival. Produced 2 showcases Scotian Groove and WORD UP Eastern Corridor and was the MC and Host for the Concert Stage all weekend with Shelley Hamilton. – Boulevard Tent and Concert Stage, Toronto, ON

January – April 2016 (Lead Artist) hired by Jamii – a community arts and community engagement not for profit organization to lead a series of creative writing workshops for 10 – 15 inter generational members of The Esplanade neighborhood. The end result was an exhibit that was part of the CONTACT Photography Festival. – Crombie Park Toronto ON

August 2014 -June 2015 Creative Consultant, Playwright, Editor, Acting Coach, Creative Producer and Director for Daniels Corporation & Artscape’s 4 night showcase of The Journey A Living History of Regent Park Revitalization – Daniels Spectrum Toronto ON

July – November 2013 – Editor, Playwright, Acting Coach, Producer and Director for Daniels Corporation and Artscape’s Fundraiser “The Journey” A Living History of the Regent Park Revitalization – Daniels Spectrum Toronto, ON

April 2013 – Recipient of the BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment

Feb. 2012 – Writer and Poetic Narrator for Dance Immersion Showcase “Tribute” – Fleck Dance Theatre Toronto, ON

Jan. 2012 – Master of Ceremonies and Signature Poet for Martin Luther King Night honouring Burnley Rocky Jones at Rebecca Cohn in Halifax, NS

Feb. 2011 – Writer and Poetic Narrator for Dance Immersion Showcase “Into the Roots at Winchester Street Theatre

Nov. 2009 – Writer and Producer of “The D Word” – Diversity Vignettes presented for over 2000 staff at Winner Distribution Centres in Brampton and Mississauga, ON

Nov. 2006-Headliner Poet at the World Famous Nuyorican Café in New York City

Jan. 2008 – “Amani the Words the Rhythm the Music becomes a part of the Library and Archives of Canada

Oct. 2007 – Featured International Poet at the Word Power Black Literary Expo at the Emirates Stadium in London, England

Oct. 2007- Featured International Poet at the Drum’s Live Box Music Series in Birmingham, England

Sep. 2007- Featured Poet with Signature Poem “Change” performed for CRTC Diversity Days in Ottawa, ON

August 2001 – First African Canadian to have a featured play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina