MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Frantz Benjamin, associate
councillor responsible for communities of diverse origins, and Michael
Farkas, President of the Black History Month Roundtable today launched
the 21st edition of Black History Month, being celebrated under the
theme, "IMAGINE A NEW WORLD". They were joined by the two spokespersons
of the event, comedian Dorothy Rhau and actor Benz Antoine.
"Black History Month was first held 21 years ago, and ever since, black
communities have had an ever-greater influence on social, cultural and
economic life in Montréal. Much has been done over the past 20 years to
achieve recognition and make our mark on the collective memory. Today,
in Montréal, black communities can look toward future and "Imagine a
New World," said Frantz Benjamin.
"The Ville de Montréal is pleased to be associated with a new
perspective for the future and hopes the younger generations will share
this process. Black History Month is a unique opportunity to improve on
what has been implemented over the past years. This means stepping up
the process to build a city where inequities and injustice no longer
have a place, and where Montrealers of all backgrounds may live in
harmony," said Mary Deros, member of the Ville de Montréal Executive
Committee responsible for communities of diverse origins.
Among the activities scheduled as part of Black History Month, city hall
will host a photo exhibition titled "Spirits of the Mask-Dancers",
February 7 to 22. This outstanding art project recounts the shared
history of black communities.
On February 20, the city council will be asked to adopt a resolution to
name a site bordering the Champ-de-Mars Métro station for Marie-Josèphe
Angélique, one of the first Black slaves in Montréal. A ceremony
celebrating the designation of this space in the Ville-Marie borough
will be held at city hall during Black History Month, and an official
inauguration will take place on the International Day for the
Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, on August 23, 2012.
For information on the activities featured during Black History Month,
please log on to www.ville.montreal.qc.ca or www.moishistoiredesnoirs.com.
SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - CABINET DU MAIRE ET DU COMITE EXECUTIF
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