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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

The Slavery Triangle

The Slavery Triangle

Liverpool, England was one of the major ports in The Slavery Triangle. Today it is home to the International Slavery Museum. Admission is free, to the permanent and temporary exhibits, but in Britain they celebrate Black History Month in October. Share this:

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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

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean served as Canada’s 27th Governor General until 2010. A woman who has on more than one occasion been ‘the first’, she was then designated the UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti. This summer she will also serve as the Grand Témoin de la Francophonie at the Olympic Games in London. It is her responsibility to enforce compliance with the Olympic Charter, which ensures the official language

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Dany Laferrière

Dany Laferrière

Montreal writer, Danny Laferriere made headlines with his first book translated into English as, “How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired”. His 11th, and most recent novel, L’Enigme du retour, won the prestigious Prix Medicis in 2009. Translated into English in 2011 as, The Return, it is the story of his first trip back to his home in Haiti, in 33 years. The visit is brought about

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Slavery Remembered

Slavery Remembered

The UN declared 2004 the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition. Slavery has existed since time immemorial, but what began in Africa in the 9th century increased dramatically with the discovery of the New World in the 16th century. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind, there is no record of just how many people were violently displaced by slavery, but estimates run from 30

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The Press and the Anti-slavery movement

The Press and the Anti-slavery movement

Several leading Canadian publications advocated freedom from bondage including the forerunner to today’s Globe and Mail newspaper. Share this:

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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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