CULE sends out warm wishes to members celebrating Black History Month.
Black History Month began as “Negro History Week” in February 1926 in the United States as a tool to supplement the school curriculum. In the 1960s the week expanded into Black History Month to allow for activities in the community to present a more balanced and accurate picture of Black History Month.
In Canada Black History Month celebrations began in 1950 by the Canadian Negro Women’s Association. In 1979 a motion to Parliament officially proclaimed February as Black History Month in Canada.
As we celebrate Black History Month in Canada, it is recognized that there is still a need to have the true history of slavery in Canada acknowledged. It is also recognized that as we celebrate this month many members of the Black Community continue to face discrimination and marginalization in the workplace and the community.
In Ontario in the year 2007 the Colour of Poverty Campaign was launched to address issues such as Immigration, Justice System, Health Care, Education, Childcare and Housing. For further information visit http://www.colourofpoverty.ca/
We encourage all members to participate in Black History Month activities and visit the various websites that promote the History and accomplishments of members of the Black Community through out Canada…