Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1976, in Toronto since 1979 and in the rest of Canada since 1995. February is the only month of the year when the Black Race/African Americans-African Canadians take the opportunity to celebrate and be proud of our history, past, present and future heritage, freedom and achievements. In February of each year, we commemorate our heroes, our struggles, strength and dedication to overcome the past and move forward through our art, music, films, theatre, education, community activities and religious services.
For the past six years, we at St. Joseph of Nazareth Anglican Church have a service on the 3rd Sunday of February to celebrate Black History by performing old and new spiritual and gospel songs including a steel pan player and the wearing of traditional clothes. We also have a guest speaker and serve a reception of traditional food. It is a great time of fellowship with church members and visitors.