North America and Germany celebrate Black history month in February!
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This is a time where we celebrate and highlight the contributions, culture, and innovation of Black people, from the past, to the present.
An African-American historian, Carter G. Woodson, chose one week to celebrate Black history in February, which eventually turned into Black Heritage Month in 1976.
The Canadian government officially recognized Black History Month in 1995. Each year, there is a different theme.
Black History and racial trauma is often overlooked in Canada, but their history is interconnected with Indigenous Peoples, and spans back to the 1600's. From educational, financial, social, and employment gaps, recognizing these disparities can allow us to eliminate systemic racism, and increase social inclusivity and progress.
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VIOLET HILL - The first black person to pass the Alberta Bar and the first black woman to become a lawyer (graduated in 1954). Along with her brother Ted King, she fought against discriminatory policies in Calgary.
OTHER NOTABLE BLACK CANADIANS
OSCAR PETERSON - Iconic Jazz musician (one of my musical inspirations)
CARRIE BEST - Journalist and human rights activist
ANGELA JAMES - The "Wayne Gretzky" of Women's Hockey, Hockey Hall of Fame
WONDAGURL - Record producer (Drake, Rihanna, Big Sean)
VIOLA DESMOND - Civil and humans rights activist, First Black-owned newspaper 'The Clarion'
DRAKE - Influential Hip Hop figure, Toronto Raptor's global ambassador
Ways to celebrate Black History:
Support Black Owned Businesses and Artists/Creatives
Learn about Black history in your community and beyond (libraries, historians, museums, websites)
Attend an event (plays, festivals, webinars)
Donate to an organization (ensure it is legitimate)