African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries



A timeline of the Library’s involvement in celebrating African Heritage 
 Month.

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2016

TD Bank Group joins Halifax Public Libraries as the presenting sponsor of the Library’s African Heritage Month celebrations.

2016

The inaugural Lift Every Voice music showcase is held at Halifax Central Library and produced by the African Nova Scotian Music Association.

2009

Halifax Public Libraries celebrates the 25th anniversary of African Heritage Month.

2004

Halifax Public Libraries celebrates the 20th anniversary of Black History Month events in Halifax and in Nova Scotia.

1994

Black History Month in Nova Scotia celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special opening night held at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library.

1994

The Black History Month committee was incorporates to become The Black History Month Association (BHMA) and continues to work out of offices at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library.

1992

The first Black History Month poster and calendar was produced. It was designed by Rick Janson, Halifax City Regional Library communications staff member. Zellers Canada sponsored the printing of the calendar as part of a settlement following complaints about the selling of culturally insensitive dolls in their local stores.

1991

CBC Radio’s “Mainstreet” program does a remote broadcast from the auditorium of the Halifax North Memorial Public Library to kick off Black History Month celebrations.

1991

The first Black History Month Quiz, sponsored by the Halifax City Regional Library is held. The Quiz features a Halifax versus Dartmouth format, and the teams included the mayors of both cities, media personalities, and well-known residents of the Black community.

1990

The first Black History Month Young People’s Day is held.

1989

Representatives from the Chicago based PUSH/Excel Program, founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson, present a number of workshops and a youth rally at the Halifax North Memorial Library.

1989

“Journeys: Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia,” an original puppet show, debuts. The show features the music of local artists Four The Moment, and tells the history of the Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia: from their arrival to their departure in 1792.

1987

The first meeting of the Black History Month Committee is held at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library. The purpose of the committee is to involve individuals, community organizations and government agencies in the development and hosting of events and activities that highlight Black history in Nova Scotia.

1984

The first Black History Week programs are held at Halifax North Memorial Public Library. These programs are created through a partnership between the then Halifax City Regional Library, The Cultural Awareness Youth Group, and the Black United Front.