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February 3, 2003
Mayor Lastman proclaims February as Black History Month
Mayor Mel Lastman has proclaimed February as Black History Month in the City of

"Toronto is proud to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions made by
people of African heritage to our success as a city," the Mayor said. "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, sports and as workers."

The City first recognized Black History Month during the 1950s when the
Canadian Negro Women's Association sent a petition to Toronto City Council. As
a result, Black History Month is now celebrated across Canada.

"Throughout the year, the City works with 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 festivals, parades,
lectures, exhibits, concerts and more, we learn to value and respect each
other's differences," stated Councillor Sherene Shaw, the City's Diversity
Advocate and Chair of the City's Race and Ethnic Relations Advisory Committee.

The City's 2003 recognition of Black History Month includes three exhibits
covering different aspects of Black history on display in various venues across
Toronto. "Remembering the Black Loyalists of Nova Scotia" will be on display in
the Rotunda of City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., from February 4 to 7 and will move
to other venues in the city throughout February. "Remembering the Black
Loyalists of Nova Scotia" will also appear at the North York Civic Centre, 5100
Yonge St., from February 10 to 12, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, Etobicoke Civic Centre,
399 The West Mall, from February 13 to 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Scarborough
Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., from February 15 to 18, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information on the exhibit and other Black History Month events is
available at

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