Black History Month in Toronto
In 1979, the city set precedent when it became the first Canadian municipality to declare February to be Black History Month. Since then, Toronto has been the epicenter of black history month activities in Canada and there are many ways to celebrate Black History Month in Toronto.
Across Toronto, activities celebrating African Canadian culture, heritage, and traditions are happening at libraries, museums, parks, and community centres throughout the city. The Toronto Public Library is holding many free events for children and adults exploring black history including historical discussions, music and storytelling, readings, and movies. Many Toronto museums exhibit on Black Victorian publishers and newspaper journalists. Toronto parks and community centres are holding free Black History Month events and activities including movie nights, cook-offs, talent, fashion, and art shows, and a history-based scavenger hunt. Black History Month photos can be viewed via the City of Toronto Archives web exhibit.