February is African Heritage Month
This year’s African Heritage Month theme, Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotians and the next 150 years, will honour past and present legacies of African Nova Scotians while looking forward to future greatness. The theme embraces African Nova Scotians’ resilience in the face of adversity over the generations as it highlights their successes and the bright path forward as Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation.
The province of Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities, dating back over 200 years. Annually we celebrate the history, heritage and contributions of African Nova Scotians during the month of February and beyond. Our 2017 theme also aligns with the global observance of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024 which focuses on three pillars: Recognition, Justice, and Development.
Each year in February, the African Heritage Month Information Network (AHMIN) produces an educational poster that is distributed and displayed across the province in community gathering centers, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Those interested in a copy of the poster can visit www.bccns.com/ahmposter to order in advance.
The AHMIN also facilitates African Heritage Month events and proclamations across the province of Nova Scotia. A full listing of community activities and events are available online at http://www.ansa.novascotia.ca/african-heritage-month.
African Heritage Month in Canada
The commemoration 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 of African Americans. Woodson purposefully chose February for the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved Blacks. In 1976, as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month.
The vast contributions of African-Canadians to Canadian society have been acknowledged informally since the early 1950s. However, Nova Scotia, particularly the Halifax Region, has been a leader in the promotion and awareness of African Heritage Month. Highlights of the development of Black History Month in Canada through the efforts of Nova Scotian trailblazers include the following:
1985 – First “official” Opening Night for Black History Month (January 29) at the North Branch Library.
1996 – Black History Month renamed to African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia
It is important to note that Nova Scotia and the Black History Month Association set the path for Canada in the recognition of African Heritage Month. Further, the significance of this influence as one of national proportion in the following occurrences compels recognition:
December, 1995 – The House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine.
March, 2008 – The adoption of Senator Oliver’s 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 is a partnership between African Nova Scotian Affairs, The Black Cultural Society / Centre (Organizational Lead), 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, 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.
For More Information, Contact: Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia 902-434-6223 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resource List
Find activities, speeches, audio and video of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
His great work during the Civil Rights Movement.
On his birthday January 15th take the time to celebrate his legacy
Continue to tell his righteous but tragic life story.
Complied by: The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. Please find these web sources helpful, they are to be used in conjunction with your Martin Luther King Jr. Day curriculum.
Please note that these are outside resources and not the work of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, as such, please review the links and information as we are not responsible for the content developed by others. Thank you
Martin Luther King, Jr. Teaches many lessons.
The life of American hero Martin Luther King Jr. Offers many teaching opportunities. Education World presents cross-curricular and cross-grade lessons teachers can use.
Join Education World to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tons of lesson ideas and activities for your classroom!
NEA- National Education Association gives teachers wonderful and interactive lesson plans.
Broken down into three categories K-5, 6-8 and grades 9-12.
Biography as well as a great selection of videos.
National Geographic Kids
Martin Luther King Jr. Famous “I have a Dream’ speech via video footage.
This site has direct links to audio of Dr. King’s most famous speeches.
Join us Saturday, the 10th of December 6:30pm
Get into the festive spirit at our annual Christmas Celebration.
This year we will feature music from renowned
Canadian Artist John Gracie, local artist
Shawn Downey and United for Christ,
Harp player Saeed Foroughi and the Saint Matthew’s
United Church Handbell Choir. The evening will also
feature a special presentation on Kwanzaa by Wayn Hamilton.
Join us for live music, performed in a cabaret style with
refreshments and a light buffet. A fun filled
relaxing family evening.
Admission is $ 25.00 per person.
Tickets on sale now. Call – 902-434-6223 or visit www.bccns.com
Funds raised will be used to support the ongoing programs and
services of the Black Cultural Centre
Buy Ticket – Online
The Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia
22nd ANNUAL REV. DR. WILLIAM P. OLIVER NIGHT OF HONOUR
The 22nd annual Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver-Night of Honour will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia.
The following list of individuals are 2016 Award Recipients:
• Mr. Louis Gannon Sr. – Halifax (Posthumous)
• Ms. Olive Jackson (Clyke) – Halifax (Posthumous)
• Ms. Melinda Daye – Halifax
• Ms. Mary Desmond – Upper Big Tracadie
• Mr. Wendell Skeir – Halifax
Keynote speaker: Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, PhD
Admission for this event is free. However, a monetary donation is requested.
The Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver Night of Honour is hosted annually by the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia at the Black Cultural Centre in commemoration of founding member Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver, who exemplified dedicated and outstanding community leadership. In recognition of his legacy members of the Society are invited to nominate person (s) for consideration of this annual award. Since its inception the Wall of Honour has inducted over 130 deserving inductees.
For further information, contact: The Black Cultural Centre
Tel: (902) 434-6223 or Toll Free 1-800-465-0767
Summer Employment Opportunities
The Black Cultural Centre is please to be able to offer summer employment positions this year. The application deadline is May 27, 2016 at 4pm.
Current Opportunities (click position for more details):
Gospel Workshop with Javert “Jaye” Haynes – June 2016
Sharp 5 Productions in partnership with the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, is hosting, a multi-day Gospel Workshop featuring Javert “Jaye” Haynes, music minister of Blessed Hope Missionary Church, Cleveland Ohio. Haynes is an organist, percussionist, vocal coach and bassist on Bobby Jones Gospel Hour.
This unique development workshop will take place June 9th – 12, 2016 at the Black Cultural Centre and will provide an opportunity for the development and inspiration of those who would like to develop their music harmonizing and vocal techniques. This multi-day event will end with a concert performance on the final day. Registration is $ 50 per person with limited spaces available.
The complete workshop package includes the following schedule:
Thursday, June 9: 6:30pm – 9pm
Registration, Meet and Greet
• Breathing Techniques
• Singers are Thinkers Class
Friday, June 10: 7pm – 9pm
• Breathing Techniques
• Understanding Music Theory
• Loud & Proud – Out Front
• Final Rehearsal
Saturday, June 11: 9am – 4pm
• Breathing Techniques
• Final Rehearsal
Sunday, June 12: 4pm
Gospel Showcase Concert
Register Now! Early Bird Registration Fee of $ 50 until May 1, 2016. After that period registration fee will be $ 60.
Register at the Black Cultural Centre or online by clicking the “register” button below.
THE ELIMINATION OF RACISM
Gospel Concert Celebration
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 6:30 pm
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Mass Choir
African Dance and Drumming
Words of Inspiration
Dr. Verona Singer, HRM Victims Services Coordinator
Tickets: $5.00 & $15 Family of 4
(available at the door)
Event Coordinated by:
Nova Scotia Mass Choir
African Nova Scotia Music Association
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
South Eastern Community Health Board
The Black Cultural Centre