Black History Month

Black History Month, also know as African History Month at Brock, is organized through the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee (BAHRC).

The BAHRC works to develop events throughout the year, primarily in February. Canada’s House of Commons recognized February as Black History Month in 1995 to honour Black Canadians. Senate followed in recognizing Black History Month in 2008. Over the years the BAHRC has worked to organize talks, guest lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and more art exhibits for the Brock public and local Niagara Region community.

About Black History Month

Black History/African History Month at Brock has been an opportunity to celebrate and embrace Black Canadians and encourage everyone to learn about the accomplishments, histories, stories, and strengths of the Black community here in Canada.

Over the years, a wide range of themes have been an opportunity to jump start conversations around Blackness on camps. Through conversations and information sharing, we are able to take a deeper understanding of what Canadian History and present day society looks like. In similar vein to Brock’s strategic plan, BAHRC works to enhancing Brock’s culture to be one of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization.

History

Some may wonder about the history of Black History Month in Canada, where it started, when it started, and who put these conversations into field. Canada’s connection to Black History Month is one that works from the development of Black History Month in the United States of America.

The development of Black History Month found its footing in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-educated African American historian, suggested that there be dedicated time in the year specifically for the recognition of African Americans and develop an awareness of Black history in the United States. This birthed Negro History Week in 1926. In the early 1970s, the title changed to Black History Week which then became Black History Month in 1976.

In December 1995, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine put forward a motion that the House of Commons officially recognize February as Black History Month in Canada. This motion was carried universally by the House of Commons.

In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced the Motion to Recognize Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008.

Source: Black History Month – Canada.ca

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