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A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. So stand for something - Malcolm X

In February 2015, Radio-Canada is marking Black History Month with a variety of programming on all platforms. This page contains exclusive content, recent archives and links to external productions that explore the experiences of black Canadians. Read more

Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond

The month of February, is annually recognized by the Canadian government as black-history month. It was in February back in 1965 that one of the first people to stand up for black rights in North America, died. Years before American Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a bus in Alabama, in the United States in 1955, Canadian Viola Desmond refused to move from the floor seating of

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Canadian photo exhibit illustrates Black History

Canadian photo exhibit illustrates Black History

February is Black History Month in Canada and that is drawing attention to a unique photo exhibition at Ryerson University in the heart of Toronto. The university has a dedicated image centre that currently features an exhibition called Human Rights Human Wrongs. The exhibition showcases original press photographs of events from the U.S. Civil Rights Movement as well as images of the independence movements in Africa. Share this:

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Lanier Phillip’s Newfoundland story

Lanier Phillip’s Newfoundland story

Lanier Phillips,was an American with an amazing story tied to Canada. In 1942, Phillips was a U.S. Navy seaman whose life was changed forever by the kindness he experienced from the people of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland. Share this:

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John Ware

John Ware

John Ware looms large in the small field of Black history in Alberta. He was a big man, a cowboy who played an important role in the early days of the ranching industry. Born into slavery in the southern United States, John Ware came to Alberta after the US Civil War and the emancipation of slaves. He died in 1905. Today he’s remembered as a larger than life figure, and

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Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson

There’s Oscar Peterson Boulevard and Oscar Peterson Public School in Mississauga, Ontario; Oscar Peterson Square in downtown Toronto; and, in his hometown of Montreal there’s the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall. And, that’s not to mention the 16 honourary degrees between Canada and the United States. The man who wrote the Canadiana Suite received the nation’s highest honour when he was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 1984.

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Michaëlle Jean

Michaëlle Jean

Michaelle Jean A woman of many “firsts’ Michaelle Jean is now is the first woman to lead the Paris-based, International Francophonie Organisation, as Secretary-General. In Canada, she is the Most Honourable Michaelle Jean, having served as Governor General from 2005 to 2010.  She was the 27th since Canadian Confederation, and the first black person to take on the roll.  She was in the position when the earth quake devastated her

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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

Malcolm X

MalcomX

“They called me the angriest Negro in America.” So-said Malcolm X, the great defender of the rights of African Americans, who was shot and killed by three gunmen 50 years ago. On February 21st, 1965, the charismatic leader was to deliver a speech in Harlem in New York City.Read more

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Black drop-out rate in Canada “a national disgrace”: Professor Afua Cooper ARTS- book :Done With Slavery- author Frank Mackey Canada, apartheid, and Nelson Mandela Slavery Remembered Slavery Laws Anti-Slavery Movement in Canada

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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