Kingston African Caribbean Collective
The Kingston African and Caribbean Collective (KACC) evolved
in 2007 as a result of a merger between Queen's Black History Month Committee
which was formed in the early 1990?s and members of the Kingston Community. It
was established as a not-for-profit group in response to the efforts made by
Black History Month Kingston (BHMK), an ad-hoc group of community members and
staff and students at Queen's university, who gathered annually to plan
activities during Black History Month. KACC set out to be a cultural group
responsible for planning cultural events for members of the African and
Caribbean communities in greater Kingston throughout the year.
This was in response to the growing need for an organization
that promotes awareness of the history, culture and daily experiences of people
of African and Caribbean descent in the greater Kingston and district area.
KACC was established as a collective with a vision of operating as a stronger
group when aligned with organizations with a similar vision and focus. We have
been approached by other community groups looking to forge ties of mutual
benefit with respect to pooling resources.
The collective strives to be a unifying social and cultural forum for members from the greater Kingston community drawing membership from Queen's University students, St. Lawrence and The Royal Military College. Together, we can express shared interests and promote our collective cultural heritages while promoting awareness of the contributions made by the African Diasporas in the Kingston community. This is all done while celebrating Black History which is nationally observed in February:
-To generate awareness of the history, culture and daily
experiences of people of African descent in the Kingston area, African
-To provide a unifying social and cultural forum for members
of the African Diaspora that will enable them to express their shared interests
and promote their cultural heritages.
-To promote awareness of the contributions made by the
African Diaspora in the Kingston community and in Canada.
-To observe Black History Month as a nationally recognized observance in Canada.
Membership is open to all individuals who live in Kingston.
Members have equal rights to participate in the organization's activities as
determined by the organization constitution and by-laws.
Members are encouraged to participate in the organization's
activities using a collaborative model that is based on teamwork instead of
competitiveness and exclusion.
KACC is looking for volunteers who can assist with the
planning of cultural events throughout the year.
Our Steering Committee is responsible for the planning and
implementing of KACC events. We are always in need of volunteers to help accomplish