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Black History Month

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston,
Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of Black History Month

February 2, 2015

OTTAWA— For nearly 20 years, February has been designated as Black History Month. I am always pleased to highlight and recognize the tremendous contribution that African-Canadians have made to the development of our vast country.

This month, we honour the legacy of men and women whose achievements have been remarkable. On January 21, we also celebrated Lincoln Alexander Day, instituted by the Parliament of Canada to pay tribute to the life and work of Colonel the Honourable Lincoln Alexander, the first Black Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons (1968) and to serve as lieutenant governor of Ontario (1985–91).

Quite simply, our nation could not have become what it is today without the vital contribution of Canada’s Black communities. Their history spans over four centuries and abounds in pivotal moments. Their determination in the fight for freedom, their perseverance throughout both world wars, the victories achieved during the Civil Rights Movement—these are but a few examples that are an inspiration for us all.

I encourage you to make the most of Black History Month by taking part in activities planned over the next few weeks and learning more about a significant part of our collective heritage.

                David Johnston


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