The month of February marks Black History Month. Throughout this month, I will be posting tidbits and also various events being held in and around the Greater Toronto Area in celebration of BHM.
Abraham Doras Shadd played a major role in the Underground Railroad and was the was the first Black elected to a political office as Counsellor of Raleigh Township.
One feature of today's post is a message posted by The Government of Canada:
This year, Black History Month will recognize the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 and the contributions of black soldiers in the fight for Canada. Read a statement from the Minister on Black History Month 2012.
We take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we are today. During Black History Month Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.
The Government of Canada has recognized the contributions of many black Canadians, as well as the significance of places and events that have shaped Black History in Canada.