Levin Njogu

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: Vancouver Black Library Grand Opening and Outreach ProjectCanada

Levin Njogu is a communication and stakeholders’ specialist with over five years of experience working in senior political roles across Canada, including Chief of Staff to the Minister of Education and Training for the Province of Manitoba. He has worked with stakeholders on diverse issues ranging from reconciliation, LGBTQI+ priorities, anti-Black racism, immigration, national security matters, and employment insurance reform.

Currently, he works on thought leadership and stakeholder relations for a leading Vancouver-based financial institution with a focus on the equity and climate justice spaces. Levin is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Political Science. 

IVLP Impact Award Project: Vancouver Black Library Grand Opening and Outreach Project

The destruction of Hogan's Alley, Vancouver's historic Black neighborhood, has left the Black community without a place to gather. Now, fifty years later, young activists at the Vancouver Black Library (VBL) are seeking to re-establish a community hub for Vancouver's Black community through the creation of a free-to-use library and communal safe space for Black and BIPOC folks. This project sought to support VBL's outreach to the local community through the funding of a grand-opening and community celebration for the library, which opened to the public in September 2022.

Levin partnered with the Vancouver Black Library (VBL) to engage 75 event attendees including youth organizers and local government officials at the VBL Grand Opening. As a result of the project, VBL leaders were able to make connections, build community and inspire groups across Canada to research starting their own Black libraries.

"I think the community and the library as a whole, was very positively impacted by this event - It was almost unprecedented for a small, DIY, community library!" - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience

Levin was a participant in the IVLP Project Black Leaders and Voices, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Birmingham, AL; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; New York City, NY

"Meeting community leaders from across Canada to learn from the experience of American academics and officials was a personal and professional highlight. It illustrated that the strong bonds between our nations run deep between our respective people." - Levin Njogu

Country: Canada

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