February 1st marked the start of Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, who have enriched our country and communities. It is also a time to learn and reflect on the past so we can identify what we can do individually and collectively to address all forms of oppression, particularly anti-Black racism.
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Ottawa Public Library Programming
We also encourage you to explore the extensive Black History Month programming from the Ottawa Public Library. This year’s theme is Canadian Black History in the Making, and they are offering virtual events for all ages including discussions with authors, youth panels, personal stories and cultural workshops. You can register in advance for some of the many activities taking place throughout the month.
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