February is Black History Month. Schools will have special programs. Harbourfront Centre will celebrate February 3 to 5 with Kuumba. It will have storytelling, dance, drumming, music and workshops, most of the events free.
The City of Toronto Museums will focus on their Black connections. Mackenzie House for example will highlight Mary Ann Shadd Cary, teacher and newspaper publisher.
The Toronto Public Library, bless it, will give us free opportunities to hear about and meet many of the leaders in our Afro-Canadian community. While she will be storytelling, Rita Cox is also an author, a librarian, a community activist, and an admired leader in the Black and Caribbean community. A Toronto park is named after her.
Grenada-born, Jean Augustine, will speak about her career, personal struggles, and her influences. She was the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the House of Commons.
Muhtadi Thomas, founder and artistic director of the annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival will be drumming with his friends. Phyllis Walker, author, will also be story telling.
The library list is long and events are free.
For Toronto Public Library, see:http://bit.ly/i6BYis
For Harbourfront Centre Feb. 3-5: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/week.cfm .
For City of Toronto Museums: http://www.toronto.ca/blackhistory/events.htm