February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month
Posted on 02/01/2021
profile of a human face with the words Black History MonthThe Limestone District School Board is proud to recognize and celebrate Black Heritage Month during the month of February.

This year’s theme for Black History Month in Canada is “The Future is Now,” a call to action for us all to build on the legacy of those who came before us, and to recognize the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing now.

Black people in Canada have diverse backgrounds and experiences – while some can trace their roots in Canada for many generations, others have immigrated in recent decades. Black Canadians are connected by a common African history and ancestry. 

Did you know that although the commemoration of Black History Month dates back to 1926 in the United States, Canada's official recognition of Black History Month didn't begin until 1996.

Did you know that the motion to recognize February as Black History Month nationally was made by Canada's first Black female member of parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine?

Although Black History Month is officially from February 1 to March 1, schools and classrooms are encouraged to embed and celebrate past and present Black excellence and histories throughout the entire year.

The Limestone Equity Team has compiled several resources and links to explore Black History Month 2021 and Canadian Black History nationally, provincially and municipally.

As a board, we will also continue our work to confront anti-Black racism in our system, and in our communities. Earlier this school year, the Board of Trustees received a draft of the LDSB Equity Action Plan which outlines our actions and outcomes for the next few years.