Black History Month
It is with great pleasure that I extend my warmest greetings for Black History Month to all Black Canadians who have and continue to play an important role in building and shaping this diverse community and province we call home.
Black History Month is an important time for us to reflect on the rich and significant contributions of Black Ontarians to the Scarborough-Guildwood riding as well as our province and nation.
It is essential that we honour Canadian heroes like Viola Desmond, a well-known Black Canadian businesswoman who created history by defiantly refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946. In recognition of her impact on the civil rights and freedoms movement in Canada, the Government of Canada chose Viola Desmond as the face of Canada’s ten dollar bank note.
Other heroes such as Mathieu DaCosta, the Honourable Lincoln Alexander and Harold M. Brathwaite have also helped build the country and the inclusive Scarborough-Guildwood community we live in today. While this is a time for us to reflect on both the sacrifices and achievements of the Black community, it is also a time to inspire hope and optimism for the future. Let’s work together in the spirit of Ujima, collective work and responsibility, to build and strengthen the community in Ontario.
On behalf of the Government of Ontario, as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood, I would like to encourage all Scarborough-Guildwood and Ontario residents to celebrate the heritage of Black Canadians by participating in the many events that are taking place throughout February. I wish you a successful and informative celebration of Black History Month.
Hon. Mitzie Hunter
MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood
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