Black History Month takes place every February in Canada and the US. According to the city's website, Toronto was the first municipality in Canada to officially recognize Black History Month. That was back in 1979, but it wasn't until 1995 that the House of Commons voted to officially recognize Black History Month across Canada.
Here are a few of the organizations that offer special events in recognition of Black History Month in Toronto:
The full line-up of events can be found on the website or in the Black History Month event guide available in libraries. The website and local branches also offer a recommended reading list for the month.
Harbourfront Centre celebrates Black History Month with the all-ages Kuumba Festival, offering performances, discussions, family crafts, gallery exhibits, films and more. The Kuumba Festival usually takes place during the first weekend of February, from Friday to Sunday. The best part is, much of the festival is free!
The Royal Ontario Museum generally offers Black History Month themed exhibits during the month of February, along with family-friendly events and activities.
The Ontario Black History Society is a non-governmental non-profit organization based in Toronto. Along with many other services, the website offers profiles of historical and contemporary figures and a calendar of events for Black History Month and beyond.