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With each passing year, Canadians become increasingly aware of the many untold stories of our Black history. On this site, you’ll find a compilation of some of the stories featured by Radio Canada International during this year’s Black History Month.Read more

ARTS- book :Done With Slavery- author Frank Mackey

ARTS- book :Done With Slavery- author Frank Mackey

Many people might be surprised to learn that slavery did exist in the former French and later British colonies of Lower and Upper Canada. Author Frank Mackey in his Montreal office © courtesy F Mackey It ended well before Canada came into being as a country, but unlike most areas around the world, it did not come to a sudden end, but rather a more gradual one. Attitudes and treatment of slaves,

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Canada, apartheid, and Nelson Mandela

Canada, apartheid, and Nelson Mandela

The death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela in December, 2013, sparked a wave of condolences and memories around the world. In Canada, people remembered not only his actions but also his connection to Canada. Canada’s relationship with the apartheid regime in South Africa was sometimes contradictory. Announcing sanctions, but continuing to do business until 1977. In the 1980s, Canada’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney broke with other western leaders to step

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Africentric Alternative School in Toronto, where every month is Black History month

Africentric Alternative School in Toronto, where every month is Black History month

The Africentric Alternative School is focusing on images of black beauty and illusive icons for Black History month this year.  But unlike most other schools in Canada, this is not much of a departure from the regular currlculum, as most of their studies take place in a black context. The school has been open for only four years but In that time it has grown to 190 students in classes from kindergarten

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Painting speaks of black slavery in Canada

Painting speaks of black slavery in Canada

A rare portrait of an African woman hanging in a Montreal museum speaks volumes about slavery in Canada, says McGill University art historian Charmaine Nelson. In school, many Canadians are taught about the Underground Railroad but know little about the slavery that existed in the 200 years before that. “Portrait of a Negro Slave” hangs in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Underground Railroad was not an actual train

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Dispelling the myth that blacks are ill-suited to northern climates

Dispelling the myth that blacks are ill-suited to northern climates

Since 1995 and as a result of a motion in Canada’s parliament, February has been designated Black History Month in Canada. It has been so designated in order to recognize the contribution of black Canadians to this country inclulding such fields as science, business, sport, arts, politics, social justice, and so on. Noted author, and lecturer, George Elliot Clarke, says there are still hurdles for blacks in Canada to overcome.

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Canada Post stamps for Black History Month

Canada Post stamps for Black History Month

Canada Post has created two more stamps in its ongoing series commemorating February’s Black History Month in Canada. The two stamps represent two of the earliest black communities in Canada, on opposite sides of the country. A 1958 photo of girls from an Africville bible class is featured on one of the two new stamps to celebrate February’s Black History Month in Canada *** CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL VIEW

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About Black History Month

Black history in North America, unlike “white” history, must take into account the hundreds of thousands of Africans who were brought to this continent against their will. The experience of slavery, in Canada and the United States, wreaked havoc for generations. Canada played a role in the liberation and eventual return of some slaves to Africa, but for many others, their lives had already taken root here. Read more

“I am a Man”: Behind our logo

I am a Man

This image is from a famous photo taken in Memphis, Tennessee, at the height of the civil rights movement in the United States. On March 29, 1968, a column of mostly Black men walked between the guns and bayonets of the National Guard on one side, and army tanks on the other, with their placards proclaiming, “I am a Man”.

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Portraits and stories

ARTS- book :Done With Slavery- author Frank Mackey Canada, apartheid, and Nelson Mandela Africentric Alternative School in Toronto, where every month is Black History month Painting speaks of black slavery in Canada Dispelling the myth that blacks are ill-suited to northern climates Canada Post stamps for Black History Month

Your opinion on Black History Month

Black History Month is only celebrated in North America and in the UK. Do you think it should be celebrated all over the world?

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