Written by: Serafina Fraracci
About: Black History Month is a month that is set apart to learn, honor, and celebrate all of the different achievements that black people have made throughout history.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a very famous African-American, who is most known for his “I have a dream” speech. He led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death caused by assassination in 1968.
Viola Desmond was a businesswoman, teacher and entrepreneur who awakened Nova Scotia to Human Rights in 1946. Viola saw something that Black women wanted and needed in Nova Scotia, where she grew up. She recognized the lack of professional hair and skin care for Blacks. She was determined to fill this entrepreneurial gap. To change this, she went to New York’s Lalia College, which had grown out of Madam C.J. Walker’s beauty business. She eventually had her own studio of Beauty culture, which was going strong and her network was gradually expanding as she built and industry with her graduates. She had created a province wide Black Beauty Culture industry.
Nelson Mandela was a South African politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. He focused on breaking up the legacy of apartheid by taking on racism, poverty, and inequality.
Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights activist. The United States Congress called her “the first lady of civil rights”, and “the mother of the freedom movement”. Rosa is well known for the day that she got onto the bus, and the bus driver told her to move to the back of the bus to give up her seat for a white passenger, but she refused.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. –Martin Luther King Jr.
“Each person must live their life as a model for others”. – Rosa Parks
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner”. – Nelson Mandela
DID YOU KNOW?
Bob Marley’s birthday is February 6th.
The Gladstone Hotel has a Black History Month 2015 Concert Series. Every Saturday in February at 9:00 pm, the Gladstone Hotel has different African musicians performing. Here are some musical groups that will be performing;
- Afrafranto (February 28)
- Young Stars De Montreal (February 7)
- Yinka Farinde (February 14)
Another Event that will be going on is one that will be put on by Batuki Music Society. They will be presenting a special concert for Black History Month featuring traditional African music rooted in spiritualism, on Saturday February 14th 2015 at the Alliance Francaise de Toronto Theatre at 8:00 p.m. The theatre is located on 24 Spadina Road, which is one block north of Bloor Street west. There will be a variety of different African music, including music from Guinean griot, Ethiopian soul, Ghanaian highlife and gospel, South Sudanese spirituals, Congolese rumba, and Zimbabwean spirit music.