Black History Month

February is Black History Month, also referred to as African Heritage Month, a time to honour the contributions and struggles of peoples of African descent.  It is also a time to intentionally reflect on the impacts of racism and our culture of white supremacy.  To honour this time we will be sharing resources here on our website, in our weekly Quick Notes and Facebook, as well as recognition in worship. Keep checking back as we will be adding new resources on a regular basis throughout the entire month of February.

A song inspired by Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural Poem, “The Hill We Climb.” Watch the video here.

Wilber Howard was the first Black person to be Moderator of the United Church in 1974.  That didn’t erase systemic racism in the church.

Read more of his interesting story, and the experience of today’s Black leaders, in this article from Broadview, the United Church’s magazine.

Nancy Oliver-MacKenzie shares the history of Montreal’s Union United Church and its long-time role in the work for social justice for the Black community and beyond. You can watch the video here.

The United Church, through the Mission and Service Fund and the United Church Foundation has launched a year long project to collect the stories of Black church members.  The project will be lead by six young Black adults.  To read more about this project, click here.

The Canadian Museum For Human Rights has many articles relating to Black History in Canada. This article is The Story of Slavery in Canadian History, an important part of our history that is often overlooked.

Take a look at these videos from Heritage Canada, sharing important stories in Canadian Black History. To watch the 8 videos, click here.

Looking for something to read in honour of Black History Month or beyond? This is a great list compiled by the CBC of 6 Canadian writers of black heritage. To see the list, click here.

Here is a compilation of African American Children’s Story read aloud’s. Click here to view the stories.

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