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January 21, 2009
City launches Black History Month with dialogue on race, identity and lost histories
The City of Toronto will launch Black History Month with a dialogue between two award winning authors and social historians, Adrienne Shadd and Karolyn Smardz Frost. They will discuss identity, race, gender, ethnicity, the discovery of missing histories and the Underground Railroad. Mayor David Miller will proclaim February to be Black History Month during this program.

Date: Friday, January 30
Time: Noon
Location: Members’ Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Every year February is proclaimed Black History Month in the City of Toronto to honour and celebrate the achievements of people of African heritage and acknowledge their contributions to the social, political, economic and cultural life of Toronto. More information is available 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. In the past three years, 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.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,;
Karen Teeple, City Archivist, 416-397-7393,;
David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542,



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