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.
Initiatives are being put forth to recognize the contributions 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.
At the same time, invitations are extended to explore the various facets of the history and ongoing contributions of the Black community, as evidenced by this article in USA Today and this site, which provides some information and avenues for action. (in English only)
In recent years, there has been a call to open up to the literary and artistic production of people from the Black community. We can see the efforts of publishing houses in the translation of books by many Black writers. 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 addition, during the month of February, numerous television programs were broadcast on national and specialized stations.
In short, Black History Month is an invitation to discover all facets of the community and to better appreciate its contribution.