The month of February is dedicated to Black History. The first initiatives in this regard date back to 1926 in the United States and 1978 in Canada.
The objective is to pay tribute to the past and present contributions of the Black community in our societies. It is also an opportunity to discover historical elements such as the fact that Black people were enslaved in many countries, on different scales as in Canada and the United States.
Activities are organized, despite the pandemic, to recognize the contribution of people from the Black community, including :
At the same time, invitations are made to discover the various facets of the history and the contributions of the Black community that are still relevant today, as shown in this article in USA Today.
In addition, the recent performance of the young poet Amanda Gorman at the Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States brings many eyes to the literary output of Black people. The efforts of publishing houses in the translation of books by many Black writers are also highlighted. For example, the essays of Bell Hooks, an African-American feminist, were translated late into French. Robyn Maynard’s essay entitled NoirEs sous surveillance was translated and published by Mémoire d’encrier.
In short, Black History Month is an invitation to discover all facets of the community and to better appreciate its contribution.