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January 31, 2012
February is Black History Month in Toronto
On behalf of Toronto City Council, Mayor Rob Ford has proclaimed February as Black History Month - celebrating the history, heritage and contributions of African-Canadians. Many private events will be happening across Toronto, and City divisions will offer programming throughout the month.

Toronto Museums will host film, theatre and children's activities. Montgomery's Inn presents the true story of Joshua Glover, who escaped slavery and ended up working at the inn. Mackenzie House gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the 19th century Black press in Toronto.

Fort York, in partnership with the Ontario Black History Society, is presenting the documentary Underground Railway: The William Still Story. Visitors can also tour Fort York and learn about the contributions of early Black settlers in the defence of Upper Canada during the War of 1812.

The Toronto Public Library will feature visits and interviews involving authors, spoken-word poets, musicians and journalists. The library's Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection holds more than 16,000 items.

More details about Black History Month events are available at

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