It was the Canadian Negro Women’s Association that introduced the celebration of Black History Month to Toronto in the 1950’s. This black Canadian community initiative was adopted by the Ontario government in 1979, thanks to its championing by the Ontario Black History Society. In 1995, the House of Commons declared a national Black History Month, which went into effect in 1996.
Black History Month exists to remind us all of the rich contributions within our society from people of African and Caribbean decent, and of their ongoing struggle for equity and social justice. Teachers have the opportunity to engage their students, not only during this month but throughout the school year and recognizing the strengths and resiliency of communities that historically have been marginalized, as well examining issues of racism and the impact of discrimination on these communities.
The 2019 ETFO Black History Month Poster is a representation of the importance of unity and diversity within the past and present of the Black diaspora. People of African descent have endured a history of physical, mental and emotional torment through the transatlantic slave trade but have always had a rich and diverse history in continental Africa. This poster celebrates aspects of Black culture using: the Baobab tree (indigenous to Africa), a Marcus Garvey quote, children and modern Black Canadians who each have an individual story which is rooted in resiliency and trailblazing.
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