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January 30, 2004
Mayor Miller proclaims February as Black History Month
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed February as Black History Month in the City
of Toronto.

"The history of the African Canadian community is also the history of our
city," Mayor Miller noted in his greetings at the recent launch of the Ontario
Black History Society's 25th anniversary celebration. He cited the leadership
of Governor John Graves Simcoe, who introduced legislation in 1793 leading to
the elimination of slavery and the slave trade in Upper Canada. William
Hubbard, who was elected in 1894 as the City's first African Canadian
Councillor, was also noted for his role as a champion of publicly owned power
generation and the preservation of the Toronto Islands.

"Recognition of Black History is not just about recognizing the past. It is
about our future together," said Mayor Miller as he encouraged community groups
and individuals to participate in all aspects of civic life.

Mayor Miller applauded the contributions of the Toronto's diverse black
community, "Men and women, born in Toronto and those who have immigrated from
the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Europe and other parts of Canada, have
contributed to the development of our city and our country."

Black History Month began in Toronto during the 1950s when the Toronto-based
Canadian Negro Women's Association petitioned Toronto City Council for its
celebration. In 1979, Black History was officially proclaimed by the City of
Toronto through the efforts of community organizations such as the Ontario
Black History Society.

In 2004, the City recognizes Black History Month with exhibits, theatrical
performances, concerts, walking tours and readings at various locations
throughout Toronto. More information and schedules for these events is
available at

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement,
Chief Administrator's Office, 416-392-6824
Angela Kinnear, Diversity Management and Community Engagement,
Chief Administrator's Office, 416-392-1031
Andrea Addario, Mayor David Miller's Office, 416-338-7119



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