Black History Month
WHEREAS in 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month, formally commemorating and celebrating the experiences and achievements of Black Canadians. With roots dating back to 1603, Black Canadians have played a significant role in Canadian history, identity, culture, economy, literature, sports and politics.
During Black History Month, we recognize Black Canadians' struggles for equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination. From the anti-slavery movement in the 1800s to active involvement in the human right struggles in the 1960s and 1970s, Black Canadian community leaders have led with courage, determination and a deep sense of justice.
The City of Toronto acknowledges the many contributions Black Canadians have made to strengthen our society. It reaffirms the City’s commitment to fostering appreciation and awareness of Black history and culture while building inclusive communities for all Toronto residents.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2017 as "Black History Month" in the City of Toronto.