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  Ontario Black History Society: Black History Month Brunch
10th Anniversary of the National Declaration of February as Black History Month in Canada.

African-American historian, Carter G. Woodson conceived of the idea to have Negro History Week (later extended to Black History Month) in 1926 to coincide with the birthdates of emancipators, American President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass who had been enslaved. Sleeping car porters brought the idea across the border into Canada with them.

The Canadian Negro Women’s Association celebrated it within the Black Canadian community. However, when Stanley G. Grizzle organized the first ‘mainstream’ celebration of February as Black History Month (BHM) in Toronto’s British Methodist Episcopal Church in 1950, no one could have imagined that it would grow to encompass the imagination of the entire country. But that it did.

Through the efforts of Dr. Daniel G. Hill of the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS), BHM was formally recognized in Toronto by 1979. As it continued to be nurtured and supported by the OBHS, the idea to have a national BHM declaration in Canada was introduced to Jean Augustine, MP and Parliamentary Secretary by Rosemary Sadlier, President of the OBHS. It was finally passed in the House of Commons on December 5, 1995, and the first national declaration of Black History Month in Canada went into effect in February 1996.


You are invited to the annual OBHS Black History Month kick-of BRUNCH for February 2006.

The theme for this year's Black History Month is "Our Place in History".

Includes: Three course meal, diverse participation from diplomatic core to
students and some special presentations/initiatives, performances...

Also featuring:
- Ballet Creole
- A UNESCO Artist for Peace
- Muzik ‘N Motion is well known for its joyous performances which feature lively, uplifting and well loved gospel, folk and spiritual music from the Caribbean,
Africa and North America.
- OBHS in co-operation with Historica launch of Black History Portal
- First Toronto showing of Toussaint L’Overture exhibit: Mysterieux dans la Gloire/Enigmatic in his Glory by the OBHS in co-operation with the Haitian Embassy, Ottawa
- Nathaniel Dett Chorale
- The Daniel G. Hill Community Service Award will be presented.

Date & Time:
Sunday, January 29, 2006
12:30pm to 4:00 p.m.
The Toronto Sheraton Hotel.
123 Queen Street West
(Dominion Ball Room)
Contact Sally or Gillian at the OBHS for tickets and information - (416) 867-9420

Adult ticket = $55.00
Students = $45.00
Table of 10 = $500.00
(VISA accepted).


Other Info:
Keynote speaker, Gerard Etienne, VP Diversity Initiatives and Programs of the Toronto Dominion
Bank (TDBFG) will be joined by special guests and artists.

Sponsors include TD, CityTV, FLOW 93.7, Toronto District School Board, BBPA, Toronto Public
Library and others.

Wheelchair accessible. Park across the street under Toronto City Hall with
underground connection to hotel.