Black History Month

Every February, we recognize Black History Month, a time to learn about the many important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth, and development of Canada—and to celebrate the achievements of black peoples everywhere.

BPL is honoured to host a special Black History Month exhibit from Heritage Canada:

On the Road North: Black Canada and Journey to Freedom, Feb 25 to Mar 2 | Central

Try to imagine. There was a time—in Canada as in much of the world—when it was legal for one person to own another. There was a time when a man, woman or child could be taken to market and sold, like a car or a sack of potatoes. Those who were owned—we call them “slaves”—worked not to support themselves, but their owners. Many were abused. Few learned to read and write. None could choose how and where to live their lives. Most slaves in North America were Africans, or the descendants of Africans who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery. Slavery ended in Canada in 1833. The people, places and events that won that victory are remembered today in Canada’s system of National Historic Persons, Sites and Events. The learning materials presented in this exhibit are based on Canada’s national historic designations. Their purpose is to introduce you to the heroic persons, the honored places and momentous events in Canada that helped to end slavery. (Virtual Museum of Canada)

Check out our featured staff picks by and about notable Black Canadians and African Americans and our special program offerings in honour of Black History Month.

Black History Month films

Family Event: Sounds of Africa Family Storytime - New Appleby, Sat Feb 22

Event: L.I.F.T with beat-box & spoken word performer Sean Mauricette a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL, Wed Feb 26

Booklist: BPL's Picks for Celebrating Black History Month

Booklist: Celebrating Viola Desmond