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January 31, 2002
Black History Month exhibition launched at City Hall
The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Canadian Human Rights Commission,
the Bank of Montreal and the Ontario Black History Society, will celebrate
Black History Month by launching the Human Rights Through Art exhibition today
on Thursday, January 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the rotunda, Toronto City Hall,
at 100 Queen St. W.

Mayor Mel Lastman will be joined by City Councillor Pam McConnell, chair of
City of Toronto's Working Group on the Elimination of Hate Activity and chair
of the Status of Women Committee, at 6 p.m., to open the exhibition. Also
attending are Murielle Brazeau, Deputy Secretary General, Canadian Human Rights
Commission; and Lesya Balych-Cooper, vice president, Diversity and Workplace
Equity, Bank of Montreal. Entertainment by the Sanfoka dancers will follow.

Recognition of Black History Month began in Toronto during the 1950s when the
Canadian Negro Women's Association petitioned City Council. Black History Month
was formally recognized by the Ontario Government in 1993 and by the Government
of Canada in 1995. In Toronto, it is an opportunity to recognize the
significant contributions African Canadians have made, and continue to make, to
the life of Toronto in areas such as education, medicine, art, culture, public
service, economic development, politics and human rights.

The exhibition, featuring the work of 18 artists, will be on display at the
following locations in Toronto:

Toronto City Hall rotunda, 100 Queen St. W., January 30 to February 7
Bank of Montreal, 1 First Canadian Place, February 11 to 15
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., February 20 to 24
Canadian Human Rights Commission, 175 Bloor St. E., March 4 to 8

For more information about events taking place across the City of Toronto,
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or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

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