Toronto community councils host award ceremonies for Black History Month|
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The Community Unity Alliance (CUA) hosted three ceremonies at community
councils across the City today to honour individuals, councillors and City
staff who have contributed significantly to the development of black
communities in Toronto.
The CUA consists of 15 culturally diverse community agencies that work to
identify people who have been activists in black issues. They contributed to
the selection of today's honourees, who included Sheila White, Janet Afram,
Albert Wiggan and Bob Murdoch.
The recipients accepted their recognition in the form of an educational poster
that highlights the accomplishments of some black Canadian role models.
Presenting the posters were Teresa Valladares, the owner of Terevan Enterprises
and the driving force behind the poster series, Jason O'Brien, the artist, and
Morely Wolfe, the chair of Toronto Residents in Partnership (TRIP), a partner
"These ceremonies validate the position that black people contribute
considerably towards culture and business, and are leaders in our communities,"
said Wolfe. "By participating in Black History Month, we are increasing the
public's awareness of the positive achievements of black people and are helping
to build self-esteem and eliminate prejudice."
The 2002 poster displays Beverly Mascoll, the recently deceased cosmetics
developer, William Hall, the first African Canadian to receive the Victorian
Cross; Samuel Ringgold Ward, the editor of two 19th-century newspapers that
challenged the social standards set for blacks in Canada; and James Robinson
Johnston, the first chair of Black Studies at Dalhousie University.
Further ceremonies will continue until the end of February: January 30 at the
North York Community Council, February 13 at the Toronto City Council, February
25 at the Humber/York Community Council, and February 26 at the Etobicoke City
To find out more information about Black History Month, visit the feature on
the City's Web site, at www.city.toronto.on.ca/blackh