Niagara Falls to light up red, black and green for Black History Month


Published February 1, 2023 at 1:27 pm

Both the American Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls will be lit up in red, green and black tonight (Feb. 1) from 10 pm to 10:15 pm to acknowledge Black History Month.

For those curious about the significance of those three colours as it relates to the Black community, they represent the three colours on the Pan-African flag.

And the colours are not random – each is significant. The red stood for blood – both the blood shed by Africans who died in their fight for liberation, and the shared blood of the African people. Black represents their skin colour and green was a symbol of growth and the natural fertility of Africa.

Often times, the colours green, yellow and red, those of the Ethiopian flag are also used to represent the pan-Africanist ideology due to the country’s history of having avoided being taken over by a colonial power.

To learn more about Black History in Niagara, including the extensive collection of displays and monuments honouring Black Canadian history, please check HERE.

The Pan-African flag

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