February is African Heritage Month
February is African Heritage Month in Canada. CCRSB schools and offices will pay special attention this month to the immense contributions that African Nova Scotian citizens have played and continue to play in the fabric of Canada.
African Heritage Month 2016 shines a light on the No.2 Construction Battalion which was formed by black men from across Nova Scotia, the rest of Canada, the United States and the British West Indies during World War One. These patriots were forced to form their own battalion because of racism and discrimination. This month, we honour their patriotism and their fight to fight for their country and the cause of freedom.
The commemoration of African Heritage Month in Canada can be traced to 1926 when Harvard-educated black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements of African Americans. Woodson purposefully chose February for the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved blacks: In 1976, as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History.