Author: Sabrina Rosa


Canada celebrates Black History Month during the month of February. This month has several events and celebrations, such as musical performance and festivals, discussions, dance classes, and many more activities to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their community.


Black Canadians have been part of Canada’s heritage since the early 1600’s. However, their role has been largely ignored and underacknowledged as a key part of Canada’s history. We use this month to recognize all of what they have done for our country and the sacrifices they have made to make our country.


Historically, African people were enslaved in Canada. They fought to help lay the foundation of a diverse and inclusive Canada. Canadians should take the time this month to learn about these stories and other contributions that these communities have made in our history.


In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian, introduced a week that focused on celebrating the achievements of African Americans. This week was chosen because Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, both significant historical figures, were both born during this week. Frederick passionately advocated for the freedoms and rights of slaves as well equal rights for women. On the other hand, Abraham Lincoln also fought for the freedom of slaves in the United States


What was once a week eventually became a month in 1976. In 1995, the Canadian government officially declared February as Black History Month. This year’s theme for 2023 is “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day.”


We’d like to also highlight Ontario Association of Black Paralegals (OABP) which is a group of paralegals that improve access to justice and fights systematic racism in the justice system. They do this by providing mentorship opportunities for black paralegals, they give tools to navigate injustice in the workplace, and much more to help the community. If you’d like to learn more about this organization, please click here.


Legal Direct encourages all to spend time this month and educate yourself on Black Canadians and join in the festivities. Here are some suggested events upcoming:


1.    Black History Month Concerts


When: Feb 25th 8:30 pm


2.    Kuumba


When: Feb 1-28th


3.    Black History Month Fundraiser


When: Feb 11th at 9 am – 12 pm


4.    Toronto Black Film Festival


When: Feb 15th – 20th


5.    Black Owned Market


When: Feb 25th at 11 am – 4 pm


6.    Workshops


When: Feb 2, Feb 3, Feb 8, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24 at 4 pm – 5 pm and 7 pm – 8 pm