WATCH — February is Black History Month. Here’s how it started

Ainara Alleyne
Story by Ainara Alleyne and CBC Kids News • 2022-02-15 06:00

This year marks its 27th anniversary

Every week, CBC Kids News takes a deep dive into a topic that everyone’s talking about. Click the video above or below for this week’s KN Explains.

Each February, Canadians celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians.

And while Canada officially started celebrating Black History Month in 1995, it’s origins go back much further than that, both in Canada and the U.S.

So, when did Black History Month begin? Why? And where do people think it’s heading in the future?

There’s a lot to unbox here. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. KN Explains: 

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TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Government of Canada with graphic design by Philip Street/CBC

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Ainara Alleyne
Ainara Alleyne
CBC Kids News Contributor
Ainara Alleyne is a Grade 7 student from Hamilton, Ontario. She has a passion for social justice, reading, anime, cosplay and all things BTS. At 10, she started an Instagram account where she highlights books for young people whose authors and main characters are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, differently-abled or under-represented. She believes that by experiencing other cultures and perspectives through books, we can not only acknowledge our differences, but be able to understand and embrace them.

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