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, on 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 2020 ETFO Black History Month Poster is a visual representation of a Toni Morrison quote using several themes within the African-Canadian experience from the past and present while providing an insightful look into our future. This concept integrates elements of colour while using Afrofuturism to recognize the historic Black communities of Africville, Nova Scotia and Hogan's Alley, British Columbia. The central image is a young Muslim woman wearing a hijab which is representative of the modern-day Canadian experience in various urban areas across the province.
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