Black History Month 2023

January 30, 2023 – Prince Edward County, Ontario

Lynn Pickering, host/producer of The County Grapevine (Monday edition) on 99.3 County FM  is pleased to announce that author, educator and activist Rosemary Sadlier, (Order of Ontario) will host a segment of the program throughout Black History Month. Ms. Sadlier’s many accomplishments include spearheading the drive to have Canada’s federal government declare February as Black History Month. She is the author of several books including Harriet Tubman: Freedom Seeker, Freedom Leader and The Kids Book of Black Canadian History.

“Rosemary has been a guest on both The County Grapevine and The County Writes…The County Reads and I was thrilled when she agreed to join me as co-host during the month of February,” Pickering said.  “We have a stellar line-up of guests each of whom bring a unique and distinctive viewpoint to the conversation.”

Ms. Sadlier’s guests include:

The Honourable Marci Ien, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre since October 2020. Minister Ien is a devoted community leader and a passionate advocate for vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world. Prior to being elected to the House of Commons, she had an award-winning career in journalism and television that spanned three decades.

 Jill Andrew, Ph.D., MPP for Toronto-St. Paul’s in the Legislative Assembly with the Ontario NDP. Dr. Andrew is the first Black, queer person to be elected to the Ontario Legislature and has been a leading voice at Queen’s Park on issues of gender, race and social justice, the housing crisis, healthcare inequities, education, and the immeasurable benefit of arts and culture to our communities.

Dorothy Williams, Ph.D. says, “I don’t teach Black history. I teach Canadianhistory about Blacks.” Raised in the historic Black community of Little Burgundy in Montreal, Dr. Williams is a respected community activist, historian and professor.  She is the author of several books including Blacks in Montreal: 1628-1986 An Urban Demography. Dr. WIlliams is President and Founder of, Inc., the ABCs of Canadian Black History which has become a valued resource for Quebec teachers. 

Jude Mary Cénat, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, Chair of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Black Health, and Director of the Vulnerability, Trauma, Resilience & Culture (V-TRaC) Research Laboratory and holds the Research Chair on Black Health at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Cénat leads a major project on the mental health of Black communities in Canada that has allowed for the development of online trainings that aim to equip mental health professionals with the knowledge needed to provide culturally appropriate and anti-racist care. 

“I am delighted to work with Lynn Pickering in support of Black History Month awareness.  It is a great pleasure to share my interviews with such an amazing lineup of people everyone might be curious about and who might provide inspiration to our young people,” Rosemary Sadlier said. 

Black History Month on the Monday Grapevine is presented by MANY HAPPY RETURNS… A unique project which donates all profits from returnable bottles and cans to community non-profits and charities. For pickup of your returnables call: (613)-968-0181.

The series will air Mondays from February 6th to February 27th. The County Grapevine can be heard weekdays on 99.3 County FM following the news at noon and repeated after the 6:10 p.m. farm report. The program is available for streaming on