February is Black History Month. Last fall, we participated with our friends Bravo Niagara, in The North Star Festival: Voices of Freedom. And we’re so glad we did!
We learned so much about the rich history of the Niagara Region and of The Underground Railroad and the stalwart determination of those oppressed slaves who risked their lives to reach Canada – to reach freedom – following The North Star. We also learned about those who risked their lives to help them along their journey and others who helped them settle into their new lives.
We also learned that we are embarassingly ignorant of the rich black history of Canada. So we’ve decided to learn more AND to celebrate!
So, we decided to have a contest to win
The Book of Negroes
The illustrated edition containing photos, works of art and documents that inspired Lawrence Hill to write his award-winning novel. We’ve added a lovely tea infuser mug and two packages of delicious teas. Enter to win a chance to curl up, sip tea and read this tragic yet fascinating story of a female slave’s experience in the United States, Canada and Britain. So appropriate to Black History Month!
All month, we will be socializing interesting facts, publishing quizzes and crosswords, guiding you to all sorts of interesting and interactive resources that will help you join us on our educational journey.
Join us on our journey! It’s time to celebrate Black History Month and honour the contributions people of African descent have made to our cultural heritage.
Mathieu Da Costa
The first black person thought to have set food on land that is now referred to as Canada,
Mathieu was a free man hired as an interpreter for Samuel de Champlain.
Source: Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Labeled for Reuse
continental United States and Canada.
for a chance to win 1 of 4 Prizes