What’s Black History about?
(this was adapted from the Black History Month Winnipeg Website)
The history of Black people is often inadequately reflected in the general history of Canada; which is why there is a need for specific attention to be paid on said history. February (Black History Month) is the month in which we bear witness to the progress, richness, and diversity of the achievements and contributions of Black people in Canada and around the world. It is also a time to reflect on the issues and difficulties that were faced, and continue to be faced within the Black community.
How did it start?
During the 1920s an African American named Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week in the USA. In 1976, the month-long celebration was implemented. In 1995, the Government of Canada officially declared February to be Black History Month throughout the country.
What’s happening in Winnipeg?
Check out the Black History Month Winnipeg website, Instagram or Twitter to stay up to date on what all is happening in Winnipeg. Some highlights include Caribbean Cooking classes, youth debate, basketball clinic and movie night!
The events are open to the public and we hope to see a varied body of participants, of all communities and ages, in the hope that the linkages between all our histories become evident.