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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Why February?

Black History Month has its roots in Negro History Week, which is held in February in remembrance of Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass‘ birthdays. Because the birthdays of both men occur in the second week of February, that week was chosen.


Frederick Douglass

-an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman-

QUOTE:”It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men


City of Toronto Residents are encouraged to participate in the many events that City divisions and agencies have planned throughout the month, in addition to dozens of community-based programming and events.

There are even many online exhibits to celebrate Toronto’s black history.

The Black History Month schedule at the Toronto Public Library is packed with fun and thought-provoking events including lectures, dance and art exhibits, and films for the whole family.

Complete event details are available at

Parks, Forestry and Recreation programming and events for adults and children will take place at many community centres throughout the city and will include art and poster displays, movie nights, black history presentations and more.

Mackenzie House, operated by Museums and Heritage Services, is presenting Black History Month exhibits on weekends in February. Members of the public are invited to learn more about Black Victorians of Toronto, featuring those who published newspapers during that era.

Toronto Archives invites members of the public to visit its online exhibits entitled Black History Month in Toronto and Donald Moore: Caribbean Connection: One Man’s Crusade, available at

Follow Toronto Archives on Twitter @torontoarchives to see images celebrating the history of African-Canadians in the City.

A special highlight will be the unveiling of an artifacts display significant to Toronto’s black history in the City Hall rotunda later in February.

A detailed list of City-related exhibitions, educational displays and community-based programming is available at


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