No. 2 Construction Battalion

African Heritage Month 2016

The Black Battalion: Legacy of Commitment – They Fought to Fight

To honour the 100th year anniversary of the No. 2 Construction Battalion and to continue to create awareness about the Decade for People of African Descent; the African Heritage Month Information Network is pleased to present as the theme for African Heritage Month 2016: The Black Battalion: Legacy of Commitment - They Fought to Fight. 

In 1916 the formation of the No. 2 Construction Battalion was completed. The making of the Battalion was the result of months and months of struggle for Black Canadians to be accepted into active duty to fight in the Great War. The members of the Black Battalion had to fight to fight. The Black Battalion were trail blazers, they broke the color barrier in the Armed Forces. Because of their unwavering desire to fight for Freedom they made significant contributions. Their efforts paved the way for African Nova Scotians to serve in the armed forces in First World War, Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghan War; and Peacekeeping in the Sinai, Cyprus, the Congo and other conflict zones. 

Have your event included in the official African Heritage Month 2016 Calendar of Events, please submit your event by Friday, December 18, 2016.

African Heritage Month in Canada

The commemoration of African Heritage Month in Canada can be traced to 1926 when Harvard-educated black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements of African Americans. While some have criticized the selection of the shortest month of the year to honour Black culture, Woodson purposefully chose February. In doing so, he aimed to pay homage to the birth dates of key figures in the emancipation of enslaved blacks: Abolitionist Frederick Douglass (who is reputed to have claimed February 14, 1818 as his birthday) and former President Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809). In 1976, as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History

The African Heritage Month Information Network is a partnership with African Nova Scotian Affairs, The Black Cultural Society (Organizational Lead), African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Nova Scotian North-Central Network, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Africville Heritage Trust, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, and Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association,, the Halifax Regional Municipality’s African Nova Scotian Integration Office, and the Guysborough, Antigonish Strait African Regional Network.