Black History month in Canada is a time to celebrate the trailblazers of change who inspire the youth of today. With hundreds of years of black history, this celebration includes acknowledgement of monumental feats, such as the first black Olympic athlete, the Ontario Racial Discrimination Act and the first black MP. Take a look at the timeline below for a few of the many notable highlights of our shared history:
First black Olympic athlete: July 6, 1912
John Armstrong Howard becomes first black athlete to represent Canada at the Olympic Games, in Stockholm.
Jackie Robinson Plays His First Game: April 18, 1946
Jackie Robinson plays his first game with the Montreal Royals, a minor-league baseball team. A plaque was installed on his apartment on Feb. 28, 2011.
First Black MP: June 25, 1968 — May 28, 1980
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Lincoln Alexander becomes first black MP in Canada, representing Hamilton West in Ontario. He held the seat until 1980.
First Official Caribana Celebration: July 28, 1967
Ten Torontonians found the Caribana Cultural Festival.
Black History Month is officiated: December 1, 1995
Jean Augustine, the first black woman elected to Parliament, presents the notion of Black History month to the House of Commons. The motion is supported unanimously.
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