Black History Month
February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month across Canada and the world. The commemoration of Black History Month began in 1926, when African American historian Carter G. Woodson proposed to value of setting aside a time to honour the accomplishments of those of African descent and to heighten awareness of Black History in the United States.
For 2020, festivities and events will focus on 'Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.' This theme was inspired by the United Nations 'International Decade for People of African Descent' from 2015-2024, which focuses on recognizing that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.
UN African Descent Decade - https://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/