Black History Month 2024: Black Excellence

Canada celebrates February as Black History Month.

While we recognize Black History throughout the year, this month gives us a focused opportunity to honour the ongoing contributions of Black Canadians and their role in shaping Canada’s story.

The Government of Canada theme for 2024 is: Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate, A Future to Build. Further information can be found at  the Government of Canada website

This year’s theme encourages us to think about how we use our Black History materials in February and beyond as part of our ongoing work in celebrating Black excellence, and in our anti-racism work.

Throughout the month we invite you to join us on our website, Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) as we celebrate the lives of black saints and holy people of the Catholic church.

Black History Month Resources are always available for SMCDSB staff to use in classrooms as part of Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy (CRRP) throughout the year.

We encourage you to visit your local library to explore books and media that celebrate Black Excellence. 

β€œWe cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” Pope Francis, June 2020

A Prayer for Black History Month

God of every people, race and culture,
we rejoice in the wonderful diversity of our human family,
each person made in your own image.
As we observe Black History Month this February,
help us to honour and learn from the history of Black communities across Canada,
to stand in solidarity with them in their quest for justice and respect,
and to work together toward a future
where every person is cherished, where everyone’s dignity is upheld.
Where racism and discrimination still linger,
change our hearts and show us how to love like you.
We praise you, Father, through Jesus your Son,
in the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
Amen.