First installment coming May 12 discusses Black excellence

The Ajax Anti-Black Racism Taskforce is set to introduce a new Diversity XChange Speaker Series. The five-part, online and interactive series aims to provide a positive space to facilitate nuanced and thought-provoking discussions to help address and understand anti-Black, systemic and institutionalized racism while discussing important social justice issues impacting our community.

The first installment features guest speakers professor Michel Shah and artist Robert Small discussing Black Excellence. The free event will be live streamed on May 12 at 6 p.m. Residents, businesses and local organizations can watch live and participate in the live Q & A at, or

Questions can be submitted live during the session or in advance to


“Supporting the new Diversity XChange Speaker Series is just one example of Ajax’s commitment to positive action for the future. The series highlights the great work and outreach the Ajax Anti-Black Racism Taskforce is doing and offers an opportunity for residents and community groups to listen, learn and engage in meaningful conversations – all while participating from the safety and comfort of home. I encourage you to attend with a goal of moving our community forward and building a more inclusive Ajax.”

– Mayor Shaun Collier, Town of Ajax

“The Ajax Anti-Black Racism Taskforce is proud to introduce this new series and provide a platform for shared learning and understanding. We invite the entire community to join us for our official launch on May 12. The five-part series will cover a variety of topics and amplify black voices and expertise. We look forward to meaningful discussions, idea sharing and opportunities to further collaborate to address systemic barriers facing the Black community and other racialized groups.”

– Mariska Thomas, Chair, AABR Task Force

Quick Facts

  • The Diversity XChange Speaker Series will comprise of five installments during 2021.
  • A recording of the live event will be available immediately following the event at
  • Building off of the highly successful In Conversation With Series and annual Ajax Diversity Conference, the Town Of Ajax and the Ajax Anti-Black Racism Taskforce are proud to announce the launch of the new five-part Ajax Diversity XChange Speaker Series.
  • The Town of Ajax is the most racialized community in the Durham Region (2016 Census), and is committed to inclusion of our diverse community.
  • The Town’s Anti-Black Racism Task Force is comprised of diverse leaders from the Black community, who are leading conversations, advising and creating action plans toward meaningful healing and inclusion between the Black community and the Town.

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