Today at the Chatham Civic Centre, community members came together to raise a Black History Month flag and kick-off events across the Municipality.
The first of February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to reflect on the past and recognize the achievements of African-Canadian members of our community who have helped to shape Chatham-Kent into what is it now.
“What an amazing turn out we had here today. Seeing the amount of people who have come out to support is absolutely amazing,” said Michelle Robbins, Curator at the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum. “For us at the sites, it’s an amazing feeling to have the support of our community behind us.”
The flag-raising ceremony was held by the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History, the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum, and the Buxton National Historic Site and Museum.
“So much significant Canadian history has been made right here in Chatham-Kent,” said Rebecca Haskell-Thomas, Municipal coordinator for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice. “This history is important all year, but Black History Month gives us a dedicated time to recognize the accomplishments of Black people and organizations in our own backyard, including advancing human rights for everyone. And we reflect on the legacy we’re leaving for future generations.”
“Chatham-Kent is home to some of the most important Black History locations in all of Canada. Through these sites, we exemplify the resilience, progress, and the vibrant black historical culture that has shaped our community’s identity and continues to do so,” said Mayor Darrin Canniff. “This month, I encourage everyone to take the time to learn about our rich history, visit our Black historical sites, and participate in our local Black History events throughout the community.”
Throughout the month of February, Chatham-Kent Tourism is promoting community activities celebrating the rich Black history we have here in Chatham-Kent. To learn more, visit https://www.chatham-kent.ca/visitck/doandsee/heritage/undergroundrailroad/Pages/black-history-month-in-chatham-Kent.aspx.
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