Black History Month Recognizes Those Who Have Positively Shaped Society
February 1, 2013
Black History Month is an important opportunity to recognize those who have positively shaped the social and political fabric of our society, such as the late Lincoln Alexander.“Black History month allows us to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people of African and Caribbean descent – recognizing how these courageous people have shaped our community and our country,” said Sam Hammond, President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
“In classrooms and in our greater community, educators must recall their stories and pass them along to inspire and strengthen our resolve to achieve freedom from discrimination and racism.”
In honour of the late Lincoln Alexander, the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, ETFO has prepared a poster commemorating his life and contributions to his province and country. Alexander was the first Black person in Canada to become a member of parliament and to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor.
ETFO has established strong partnerships with many not-for-profit organizations to support children, families, and communities who face discrimination. It has also created resources for teachers to use in their classrooms that provide lessons and activities for students to critically focus on issues of race and racism. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.