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February 4, 2004
Author Lawrence Hill to participate in Black History Month celebrations
Lawrence Hill, a celebrated Toronto author whose work has received critical
acclaim, will give a public talk and read from his work at City Hall.

Date: Tuesday, February 10
Time: Noon to 2 p.m.
Place: Members' Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Lawrence Hill is the author of several novels and books on the experience and
history of African Canadians including Any Known Blood (1997), Black Berry,
Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (2001), Women of Vision: the
Story of the Canadian Negro Women's Association (1996). One important theme in
his work is the "compelling intersections of history and fiction."

Black History Month, which has been proclaimed by Mayor David Miller, provides
an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions African
Canadians have made, and continue to make, in areas such as education,
medicine, art, culture, sports, recreation, public service, economic
development, politics and human rights.

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

During Black History Month, the City of Toronto has arranged exhibits,
theatrical performances, concerts, walking tours and readings at locations
throughout Toronto. More information 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



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