Black History Month celebrates past and present at public schools in Milton, Oakville, Burlington


Published January 31, 2022 at 11:10 am

In recognition of Black History Month in February, Halton public schools in Oakville, Milton, Burlington and Halton Hills have planned initiatives to celebrate and honour the contributions of Black Canadians, past and present.

This year’s theme, February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day, reminds everyone that Black history is Canadian history and lives beyond a single month.

“Black History Month is a time to commemorate the important achievements, contributions and excellence of Black Canadians,” said Curtis Ennis, director of education for the Halton District School Board.

“This month provides our educators another opportunity to teach and discuss the strength, brilliance and achievements of the Black community, to acknowledge the diversity within, and the extensive role Black Canadians have played and continue to play in shaping this country.

“At the Halton District School Board, we will continue to educate about, empower students and staff with, and champion for equity and human rights.”

In honour of Black History Month, schools and classes across the board will be highlighting the contributions of Black Canadians and the African diaspora.

Among the scheduled events are:

  • Canadian author Yolanda Marshall taking students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 on a literary adventure through storytelling every Wednesday throughout the month
  • Renowned Canadian author Lawrence Hill will visit the Milton Public Library on Feb. 10 to discuss his newest children’s novel Beatrice and Croc Harry. Schools will join the conversation virtually
  • Sizzlin’ Halton will turn up the heat for secondary students with Chefs Wayne General and Delvon Greene as they explore the secrets and spices of Caribbean cooking on Feb. 15, 17, 22. This event is sponsored by the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
  • International Spoken Word artist Dwayne Morgan returns this year, addressing students in Grade 6-12 about ‘Black Excellence’ through spoken word on Feb. 24.

“Black History Month affirms Black identity in educational lessons and resources, as well as our collective duty to continue the learning and conversation beyond this month into everyday teaching moments within our schools and broader HDSB community,” said Rob Eatough, a board superintendent.

“The goal is to champion supportive and inclusive practices to ensure equitable access to positive opportunities and outcomes for all.”

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