Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | Categories: |
Carter Woodson named the event "Negro History Week", and he choose the second week in February because it marked the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The week was later extended to the full month of February and changed its name to Black History Month.
The celebrations of black history in Canada began in some communities during the 1950s, thanks to groups like the Canadian Negro Women's Association. In 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month, and finally, in 1995, Toronto Area MP Jean Augustine introduced a motion to recognise Black History Month across Canada -- which was passed unanimously by the House of Commons.
In 2007 the CBC program Bandwidth decided to mark the occasion with a special live concert. The show's goal was to tell a story of six remarkable African Canadians, but not just through words. They also invited six musical acts from Ontario to write and perform songs about those six people.
This episode of Bandwidth was recognized with a Bronze Medal at the New York Festivals in the category of Best Music Special.
Listen to And The Winner Is...episode that aired on February 5, 2013