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January 26, 2007
Mayor David Miller to proclaim February as Black History Month
Mayor David Miller will proclaim February as Black History Month to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions to Toronto made by people of African heritage. “We must use this opportunity to cast a light on the achievements of this community who, despite obstacles, have enriched the fabric of our lives through the arts, commerce, politics, education, sports and as workers,” said Mayor Miller.

Toronto first recognized Black History Month during the 1950s when the Canadian Negro Women’s Association sent a petition to Toronto City Council. Black History Month is now celebrated across Canada. This year the 200th anniversary of the abolition of trans-Atlantic slave trade by the British Parliament will be recognized by the United Nations.

“Throughout the year, the City proudly works with our many diverse community organizations to pay tribute to the heritage and contributions made by our residents. By sharing within communities and with the city at large through lectures, exhibits, and festivals, we learn to value, respect and celebrate each others’ differences,” added Mayor Miller.

On Thursday, February 1, two City-sponsored events will launch Black History Month. In the Council Chamber at City Hall at noon, Dr. Afua Cooper, award winning poet and author, will deliver a public lecture based on her best-selling book about the slave trade, The Hanging of Angélique.

At a reception at St. Lawrence Hall, 157 King St. E., beginning at 6 p.m., Mayor Miller will unveil the eighth poster in the Contributions of African Canadians series. The poster entitled Inspiration! will feature the achievements of Black francophones in Canada.

More information about Black History Month events is available at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, Strategic and Corporate Policy Division, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824; Cassandra Fernandes, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, Strategic and Corporate Policy Division, City Manager’s Office, 416- 392-3834; Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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