Black History Month is a time when Canadians celebrate the many achievements of Black Canadians. It is a time to recognize their communities and unique histories. It is also a time to acknowledge their contributions to Canadian society.
Black History in Canada dates back to the early 1600s, when Mathieu Da Costa, a navigator and interpreter, arrived in Canada. Unfortunately, the unique history of Black Canadians is unknown by many. Some settled in Canada after the American Revolution, while others arrived here through the underground railroad. There is also a history of slavery in Canada that few are aware of. There were also soldiers that fought in wars for Canada and Britain, such as the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and both World Wars.
How can we celebrate Black History Month? Here are four ways that you can commemorate this important month:
- Support Black Artists and Black Businesses: It is important to do this not just for Black History Month, but all year round, especially since the same opportunities are not afforded to people of colour due to systemic racism.
- Attend programs and events celebrating Black History and diversity. You can see a list of MPL's programs here.
- Learn about the unique histories of Black Canadians: You can see a list of books below that we compiled to help you learn more.
February is Black History Month. To commemorate this important occasion, we have compiled a list of non-fiction books and eBooks. Learn about the unique histories of Black Canadians and Americans by reading these picks.
4. Read books by Black Authors: Please see the lists below of books by Black Authors for Adults and Kids.
Celebrate Black History Month by reading one of these great titles by Black Authors. Here we have compiled a list of engaging books and eBooks.
To celebrate Black History Month, we have curated a list of eBooks and books by Black authors for children. These stories feature Black characters as well.