Source: CBC News
February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the stories, experiences, and accomplishments of Canada's black community. Here are 23 black Canadians who made major contributions to Canada's culture and legacy.
Ever heard of Africville?
Read about the town in Nova Scotia that was populated mostly by black Canadians who were all evicted in the 1960s to make way for a bridge and new highway.
The exhibits within the Africville Museum invite visitors to walk through the history of Africville, from thriving village on the banks of the Bedford Basin to the dislocation. The Museum is the first stage of the Africville Project, which will later include an Interpretive Centre.
This reference provides more than 300 years of black Canadian history, from the first migration of slaves, black loyalists, and Civil War refugees to the expansive movement brought about by the establishment of the point system in 1967.
The Book of Negroes is a historical document that records names and descriptions of 3,000 Black Loyalists, enslaved Africans who escaped to the British lines during the American Revolution and were evacuated to points in Nova Scotia as free people of color.
First published in 1852, this novel greatly influenced many people's thoughts about African Americans and slavery in the United States. It also strengthened the conflict between the Northern and Southern United States.
Sixteen year old Toni Parker tells the story of her great great grandmother, Eliza Parker, a fugitive slave who fought for freedom during the Christiana Riot of September 11, 1851, and later fled to Canada via the Underground Railroad.
A playlist that features the incredible stories in the Black community of strength, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity date back to the beginning of time, yet are not easily found in mainstream history books.