In 1995, after a motion by Jean Augustine, the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, Canada’s House of Commons officially and unanimously recognized February as Black History Month. In 2008, Donald Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, moved to have the Senate officially recognize Black History Month, which was unanimously approved. Click here for a downloadable PDF of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s poster for Black History Month. For more information, visit www.blackhistorycanada.ca.
On Saturday, February 1, youth aged 5 to 15 joined Ms. Janet at Central Branch in kicking off Black History Month, recognizing the birthday of Langston Hughes’ by reading and experiencing his poems.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHALLENGE
Central Branch, 5:00 – 6:45 pm, Tuesday, February 4. Who invented the streetlight? Who wrote Bud, not Buddy? Who is the fastest person in the world? Who has over 50 university degrees?
Come and find out. Join us in our Black History Month challenge and have great fun while you learn. Ages 4 to 13. To register call 519-255-6770, ext. 4579.
ESSEX ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY BRANCH MEETING: GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH OF ESSEX COUNTY BLACK SETTLEMENTS
Central Branch, lower level, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Monday, February 10. In honour of Black History Month, Historian Elise Harding-Davis will join us. Open to the public. Visit Essex OGS online on Facebook and Twitter and at their blog.
Thursday, February 13, Central Library, 6:15 pm – 7:50 pm,. Free screening of movies from the NFB of Canada featuring the animated short Black Soul and the documentary Hue: a Matter of Colour, a personal, heartfelt investigation into the history and often tragic effects of colourism. For more information call 519-255-6770, ext. 4566.