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January 18, 2010
February is Black History Month in Toronto
Mayor David Miller will proclaim February as Black History Month, an exploration and celebration of the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians.

“Black history is an important part of Toronto’s history,” said Mayor Miller. “Starting with the Abolition Act of 1793, Toronto became an important hub of the Underground Railroad. Toronto’s diverse black community - whether born in Toronto or coming from across Canada and around the world - has made an invaluable contribution to the development of our city ever since. Recognition of Black History reminds us of lessons from the past as we plan our future.”

The City’s 2010 recognition of Black History Month includes exhibits, poster launches, concerts, presentations and readings. More information is available at

Black History Month will be launched at Toronto City Hall with an art exhibition by the Association of African Canadian Artists from February 1 to 10 in the City Hall rotunda. “Beyond the Rhythm” is a visual art presentation celebrating survival and accomplishment beyond the bounds of hardship and sorrow.

On Saturdays and Sundays throughout February, Mackenzie House (a City of Toronto Historic Museum) will feature presentations on Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first woman to publish a newspaper, The Provincial Freeman, in Canada.

The Toronto Public Library will have authors, musicians and storytellers focusing on the traditional and new voices of Toronto’s Black Community. Details can be found at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,
David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542,
Joan Butterfield, Association of African Canadian Artists, 905-458-8289,



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