February is Black History Month!
Check out some of these online resources that shed light on and celebrate
the history and achievements of Black Canadians and Americans.
Historica Canada’s Heritage Minute: Viola Desmond ~ The story of Viola Desmond, an entrepreneur who challenged segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940s (whose image is now on our $10 bill). The 82nd Heritage Minute in Historica Canada’s collection.
Black History Month ~ from the federal government’s Canadian Heritage web site. The 2019 theme is “Black Canadian Youth: Boundless, Rooted and Proud.”
Being Black in Canada ~ a video from the CBC
Celebrating Black History ~ from CBC Archives; includes television and radio clips from the 1940s to the present day
Black History Canada ~ an annotated guide to online resources on the history of Canada’s black community (some functionality does not work well in Chrome)
Ontario Black History Society ~ check out the menu on the left side for Contemporary Profiles, Historical Profiles, information about the Underground Railroad, Historical Places, and more
The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery ~ follow a young slave as he flees a Kentucky plantation for Canada along the Underground Railroad; must use in a browser that supports Flash.
Anti-Slavery Movement in Canada ~ from Library and Archives Canada; includes original documents
Buxton National Historic Site & Museum ~ Founded on the original site of the Elgin Settlement that served as a terminus on the Underground Railroad for Blacks fleeing oppression, Buxton National Historic Site & Museum’s main purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historical artifacts related to the Elgin Settlement.
National Museum of African American History & Culture ~ the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC; fascinating collection of objects and stories – try “Explore” in the menu
PBS’ Black Culture Connection ~ a resource and guide to films, stories and voices across public television centred around Black history & culture
African American History Month ~ from Britannica School (outside of the school, you will need a password – see the handout in the library or ask Ms. Martin)
In Motion: the African-American migration experience ~ describes the migrations of black people from around the world to the United States (requires Flash player)
Voices from the Days of Slavery – Former Slaves Tell Their Stories ~ audio clips of interviews of former slaves
Black History Month ~ from the Academy of American Poets
Academy of Achievement ~ biographies of people who have shaped our world
For even more ideas, check out the WCDSB Virtual Learning Commons Black History Guide