Black History Month
In 1995, MP Jean Augustine introduced a motion that was passed unanimously by the House of Commons to recognize Black History Month across Canada.
Here in Hamilton, the Black community under the leadership of the Hamilton Black History Council has engaged each February in a month-long marking of this important celebration of Black history. Each year since 1996 the Reverend John C. Holland Awards have recognized excellence in the accomplishments of Black leaders and residents.
The Black community has contributed significantly to the history and cultural diversity of the City of Hamilton. The contribution of people from Ray Lewis, Lincoln Alexander and Bernie Custis, to Evelyn Myrie, Gary Warner and Sandi Bell among many others have all made a tremendous difference over the years to our city.
Its early local history is reflected in the Griffin House in Ancaster owned by Enerals Griffin, an African American who escaped slavery and settled in Canada in 1834 and in the Stewart Memorial Church in downtown Hamilton with its roots also in the 1830s
Each year, Black History Month offers an opportunity for all of us across the City of Hamilton to recognize and acknowledge the contributions of so many to Black History. It allows each of us to recognize Black history as our history.
The City of Hamilton is pleased to support the lineup of events and happenings scheduled across the city in the face of these challenging times. We encourage you to join in exploring the rich history and culture of African-Canadians across our city.