NEWS AND VIEWS

“Canada Post revealed its 2018 stamp program, which, according to the Crown corporation, “once again sets out to inform, enlighten and entertain Canadians with stamps that tell the stories of the people, places and events that make this country so amazing.

” This February, the “Black History Month” series will celebrate two iconic Black Canadians
—Lincoln Alexander, who was born in Toronto and became Canada’s first Black MP, a federal cabinet minister and 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, as well as activist and
humanitarian Kay Livingstone, who was born in London, Ont. and coined the term “visible minority.”

The stamps will be the 14th and 15th Black History Month stamps issued by Canada Post since 2009″

Congress of Black Women Ontario is planning a gala event in celebration of  Kay Livingstone image on a Canadian Stamp – February 17, 2017 – watch for details.


Commemoration of Kathleen (Kay)  Livingstone (Plaque unveiling) Barbara Frum Library – September 24, 2017  Commemoration of Kathleen Livingstone – INVITATION – Commémoration de Kathleen Livingstone

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Kay Livingstone Plaque installed at Bedford Park in North York – November 5, 2017.Kay Livingstone Event Invitation (2)

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HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Hidden Figures is based on a best-selling non-fiction book written by a Black woman about three amazing Black women at NASA in the Sixties whose math calculations helped the first American astronaut make a complete orbit around the Earth in 1962 (he actually circled the Earth three times and became the fifth person in space).
The film recounts the story of the African-American mathematician
Katherine Johnson and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who, while working in the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center, helped NASA catch up in the Space Race. Using their calculations, John Glenn became the first American astronaut to make a complete orbit of the Earth.
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Black History Month 2016

The Congress of Black Women of Canada has been very involved with recognizing and celebrating Black History long before Black History Month was proclaimed in Canada.   The Canadian Negro Women’s Association (CANEWA), the group from which the Congress evolved, began to celebrate the importance of the history of the Black community in Toronto since the 1950’s.

In 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month through efforts of many individuals and organizations such as the Ontario Black History Society. In 1995, Toronto Area MP Jean Augustine introduced a motion which was passed unanimously by the House of Commons to recognise Black History Month across Canada.  Dr. Jean Augustine was a member of The Congress of Black Women of Canada for many years, holding positions as Provincial Representation for Ontario, and also as National President.

Black History Month reminds us that African Canadians have been at the forefront of the struggle for fair treatment and equal opportunity for all.  This is an ongoing struggle and one which demands focus and strategy…we cannot afford to be complacent.  There are a lot of events planned for this month … take time out to join, participate, lend an ear, a voice … we are all in this together.  Some of our Ontario chapters (Mississauga and Ajax/Pickering) have events scheduled – see index.

Make it your priority to celebrate Black History – your history – every day!