Celebrate African Heritage Month 2022

Celebrate African Heritage Month 2022

The 2022 African Heritage Month theme, Through Our Eyes: The Voices of African Nova Scotians, recognizes the legacies of people of African descent through first voice, lived realities, and experiences.

The theme highlights that when we listen to others’ perspectives, interpretation, and views on the world, particularly those from marginalized communities, we will gain a more meaningful understanding on how to make our world a better place.

Nova Scotia has more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities with a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. African Heritage Month provides another opportunity to celebrate and promote the culture, legacy, achievements, and contributions of people of African descent in Nova Scotia – past and present.

The African Heritage Month 2022: Virtual Provincial Proclamation Launch and Poster Unveiling Ceremony can be viewed at 

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For more information about African Heritage Month and to order a poster, please visit http://www.ahm.bccnsweb.com/wp/home.
 
Celebrate African Heritage Month 2022 poster (PDF) (English | French)
 

From the Beginning

The beginning of African Heritage Month can be traced back to 1926 when Harvard-educated Black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements made by African Americans.

Woodson purposefully chose February because of the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln who were both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved Blacks.

Black History Month was first celebrated in Canada in 1950.

 

 

Black History Month in Canada

In the past, the contributions of African Canadians have been acknowledged informally. Nova Scotia has been a leader in officially promoting and recognizing African Canadian heritage.

Some efforts include:

  • 1985 – The official opening night of Black History Month at the Halifax North Branch Library
  • 1987 – First meeting of the Black History Month Association
  • 1988 – First Black History Month in Nova Scotia
  • 1996 – Black History Month renamed to African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia

Some of these actions have influenced Canada to act on a national level:

  • 1995 – The House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month following a motion introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.
  • 2008 – The Senate officially declared February as Black History Month. Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver, Q.C., was the first Black Canadian appointed to the Senate.  His motion was the final parliamentary procedure needed for Canada’s permanent recognition of Black History Month.

About the African Heritage Month Information Network

The African Heritage Month Information Network (AHMIN) is a partnership with:

  • African Nova Scotian Affairs
  • the Black Cultural Society
  • African Nova Scotian Music Association
  • African Nova Scotian North-Central Network
  • African Heritage Month Southwest Network
  • Africville Heritage Trust
  • Black Educators Association
  • Black History Month Association
  • Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association
  • Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association
  • Halifax Regional Municipality’s African Nova Scotian Integration Office
  •  Guysborough, Antigonish Strait African Regional Network

AHMIN selects the theme and promotes African Heritage Month events and municipal proclamations across the province.  The AHMIN also produces an educational poster that is distributed and displayed in community gathering centers, schools, churches, government offices and businesses.