Celebrating Black History Month at Hastings Highlands Public Library
For the month of February, Hastings Highlands Public Library invites you to check out our Black History Month display of books by black authors as well as books on important people throughout black history. Although Canada's Black History Month specializes in the history of Black Canadians, we have also set aside books by authors from other countries.
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson proposed the idea of celebrating and recognizing the achievements of African Americans as well as educating others on their history, which led to the establishment of "Negro History Week" in 1926, later renamed "Black History Week" during the early 1970's. In 1976, it was extended from one week to an entire month, becoming Black History Month.
In 1995, the first Black Canadian woman elected to parliament, Jean Augustine, made a motion to make February Canada's Black History Month. The motion was carried unanimously and Black History Month has been celebrated by Canadians in February ever since.