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Toronto Black History Month Creative Writing Contest for Ages 11 – 17: Submit Entries by Feb.16, 2016

Mackenzie House celebrated Black History Month 2015: The exhibit "A Glimpse of Black Victorians" was on display. Visitors printed a copy of the Provincial Freeman; its creator, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman to edit & publish a newspaper in North America. Image Courtesy of Toronto's Historic Sites (operated by the City of Toronto)
Mackenzie House celebrated Black History Month 2015: The exhibit “A Glimpse of Black Victorians” was on display. Visitors printed a copy of the Provincial Freeman; its creator, Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first black woman to edit & publish a newspaper in North America. Image Courtesy of Toronto’s Historic Sites (operated by the City of Toronto)

To recognize Black History Month, Mayor John Tory is introducing the Mayor’s Black History Month Creative Writing Contest, which is designed for youth to engage on the topic of Black history and the achievements and contributions made by the community in Toronto.

Good Luck! / Bonne chance!

In addition to the contest, many City divisions are hosting Black History Month activities throughout February.

Celebrate Black History Month with FREE programs for everyone at the Toronto Public Library branches across the city.

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Mayor Tory launches writing competition for young people to celebrate Black History Month in Toronto

Mayor John Tory is launching a writing competition to help celebrate Black History Month. Mayor Tory is inviting Toronto youth 11 to 17 years of age to share a story about black Torontonians, past or present, who have contributed to Toronto’s diverse heritage and identity.

“Throughout the history of Toronto, African-Canadians have contributed so much to make Toronto the world-class city it is today,” said Mayor Tory. “Black History Month is a time to honour the legacy of black Canadians. Through this contest, youth will have the opportunity to share a story about a black Torontonian who has touched their lives, whether it’s someone from the pages of our history books or a teacher in a classroom today.”

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You’re Invited: More Celebratory Events for Black History Month February 2012

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Celebratory Events of Canadian Black History Month February 2012.

Please add the following events to your itinerary of celebratory events of Canadian Black History Month in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

“Dr. Jay and the Kuumba Festival combined the pulsating rhythm of the Caribbean with a national pastime of the Great White North. This free family event can be summed up in three words – Soca On Ice”, as shown in this video:

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You’re Invited: Celebratory Events of Canadian Black History Month February 2012

This year, Canada’s theme for Black History Month is the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 and the contributions of black soldiers in the fight for Canada.

Here is a 60-second video promoting key historical figures and moments from the Canadian black community:

Did you know that in February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver (b November 16, 1938), the first Black man appointed to the Canadian Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially recognize February as Black History Month?

February is Black History Month!

You're Invited: Celebratory Events of Canadian Black History Month February 2012
You're Invited: Celebratory Events of Canadian Black History Month February 2012

Some celebratory events of Black History Month include:

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Highlight Videos of the First Two Days of Kuumba Festival

Highlight Videos of the First Two Days of Kuumba Festival
Highlight Videos of the First Two Days of Kuumba Festival

HD Cameraman and Webcaster Peter Mykusz of  tributevideo.com kindly shares with us his highlight videos of the first two days of the Kuumba Festival at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Kuumba Festival was mostly a free event in February to celebrate Black History Month.

Enjoy Peter’s two fantastic videos and recounts of the first two days of Kuumba Festival as follows.

Harbourfront Centre Kuumba Festival Saturday, February 5, 2011 from Peter Mykusz on Vimeo.

Kuumba at Harbourfront Centre was the venue commemorating black history, arts and cultural events. Black in History, witnessed the historical footprints in time by the Indigenous Black Canadian and American experience. Four historical displays were featured: Motown Museum, Voices from the Days of Slavery, On the Road North: Black Canada and the Journey to Freedom and Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada.

The Jaivah Nouvel Expose Dance Troupe showed traditional and contemporary dance from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo, Southern Africa and Egypt.

The memory of Miss Lou was honoured with an afternoon of storytelling. Children listened to a poem and created their own portraits with crayons.
Vendors provided a wide variety of items for sale at very attractive prices.

A performance by Jamesking featured melodic and lyrical fusion of pop, rock and neo-soul.
A festival of a variety of short films and special screenings of films were followed by panel discussions.

Cadence Dance Academy offered lessons, performances and choreography in salsa, cha-cha, bachata and afro-Cuban dance.

The Ebony & Ivory Comedy Bash hosted by Kenny Robinson featured Keesha Brownie, Keith Pedro, Crystal Ferrier, Glen Foster and Arthur Simeon.

The Natrel Rink had the coolest skating party celebrating Motown’s rich history and strong contribution to the music industry with DJ D. Brown from Detroit. Complimentary hot chocolate was delicious.
This video gives a taste of the wonderfull events that were held at the 1st day of Kuumba – presented by TD. Additional information at www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Harbourfront Centre Kuumba Festival Sunday, February 6, 2011 from Peter Mykusz on Vimeo.

The second day of Kuumba continued commemorating black history, arts and cultural events with a display entitled Black in History. It witnessed the historical footprints in time by the indigenous Black Canadian and American experience.
There were activities for children, additional short films and storytelling in the Miss Lou Room.

Vendors provided a wide variety of articles to purchase at very attractive prices.

A performance by Amadou Kienou featured song, dance and musical soundings of the Mandingue rhythms.

Natasha Waterman was amazing with her acoustic performance.

Legendary Cuban flutist Pablo Terry & Sol de Cuba had people dancing and enjoying his special music.

Beat the Street Dance Showdown was a competition among dance crews from different schools and groups. The group Adrenalyn http://vimeo.com/19791398 was judged to be the best by some of Toronto’s top media personalities.
Skaters continued to enjoy ice skating on the Natrel Rink. The weekend was jam packed with lots of interesting things to see and enjoy. Don’t miss the next one.

More info at www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Sponsored by TD

judged to be the best by some of Toronto’s top media personalities.
Skaters continued to enjoy ice skating on the Natrel Rink. The weekend was jam packed with lots of interesting things to see and enjoy. Don’t miss the next one.

More info at www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Sponsored by TD

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Eight Videos of Kuumba Festival Beat the Street Dance Showdown 2011

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Celebrating Black History Month in Manitoba, Canada

Black History Month in Manitoba, Canada
Black History Month in Manitoba, Canada

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January 28, 2011

MARCELINO WELCOMES FEBRUARY AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN MANITOBA

Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino today encouraged Manitobans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the province by remembering the progress, richness and diversity of the achievements and contributions of people of African descent in Manitoba and around the world.

“Black History Month provides a focal point for the celebration of black experiences, perspectives and history throughout the world,” said Marcelino. “Manitobans embrace and celebrate our province’s diversity because it is one of our greatest strengths. It makes us unique in the world today and it makes Manitoba a destination of choice for immigrants to Canada.”

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Toronto Will Celebrate Black History Month in February


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January 26, 2011

February is Black History Month in Toronto

Mayor Rob Ford will proclaim February as Black History Month, a celebration of the history, heritage and contributions of African-Canadians.

“Our diverse Black community is such a vibrant part of what makes Toronto a great city, and Black history is an important part of Toronto’s history,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate their invaluable contributions to this city, and to our country.”

The City’s 2011 recognition of Black History Month includes exhibits, poster launches, concerts, presentations and readings. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/blackhistory.

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34 Free Festive Events Celebrating Black History Month at Harbourfront Centre: Kuumba

Kuumba: Celebrating Black History Month at Harbourfront Centre
Kuumba: Celebrating Black History Month at Harbourfront Centre

Please mark your calendars for two very exciting, jam-packed weekends – February 5-6, 2011 (Program 1) and February 12-13, 2011 (Program 2) –  commemorating black history, arts and cultural events.

“Harbourfront Centre honours the act of bearing witness to the African Diaspora with the celebration of Kuumba presented by TD, which includes Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, South America, Europe, the US, and anywhere people of African descent have made a significant contribution to the culture.

Kuumba presented by TD is an all-ages festival celebrating the African Diaspora, and most events are FREE in Toronto, Ontario, Canada ”