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CN Tower lights in celebration of the 20th National Black History Month!!

The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is pleased to announce that on Sunday, January 31, 2016, the CN Tower will be lit in the traditional colours of black, red and green representing African peoples (in Africa and in the Diaspora) in honour of February as Black History Month. 2016 is the 20th Anniversary of this celebration across Canada!

Toronto was the first municipality to formally proclaim February as Black History Month annually since 1979 due to the advocacy of the OBHS. The OBHS has grown the celebration and marked it with an annual kick-off Brunch, and the OBHS Brunch will be on Sunday January 31, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre! The OBHS Brunch was just acclaimed the best Black History Month event in Toronto. Both the Toronto and the Canadian celebrations were initiated by the OBHS, the latter in cooperation with Jean Augustine then MP who will be a speaker at the OBHS Brunch.

The lighting will begin at sunset and may not be noticeable until 30 minutes later when the sky darkens sufficiently. Watch for the light show that will run for 8 minutes at the top of every hour.

The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is a non-profit registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black History and heritage. The Society aims to foster public interest and encourage the interest of Black History through:

  • Recognition, preservation and promotion of the contributions of Black peoples and their collective histories through education, research and cooperation.
  • Sponsorship and support of educational conferences and exhibits in this field.
  • Promoting the inclusion of material on Black History in school curricular.
Public Education: We provide audio-visual presentations and speeches for libraries, schools and community groups on Black heritage.
Oral History: We record and preserve oral history through taped interviews with members of Ontario's Black communities.
Publications: Our newsletter "Ontario Black History News" is published three times per year.
Research: We encourage the writing of community histories for future publications to ensure the preservation of our heritage.
Leaders of Tomorrow: We encourage the youth to become involved in the Society's activities.

Telephone: (1) 416-867-9420
Fax: (1) 416-867-8691
Postal Address: 10 Adelaide Street East, Suite 402
Toronto, ON M5C 1J3, Canada
General Info:

The OBHS is the organization in Canada that successfully initiated the formal celebration of February as Black History Month with the City of Toronto (1979), the Province of Ontario and the entire country (in co-operation with Jean Augustine MP) passed December 1995, effective February 1996. We are supported by the Ontario Ministry of Culture and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.


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