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Media Release

Halifax Public Libraries celebrates
25 years of African Heritage Month
January 26, 2009

Halifax Public Libraries is recognizing 25 years of African Heritage Month (AHM) at the library. Halifax Public Libraries, a founding member of the Black History Month Association, is proud to recognize this important milestone. AHM has grown from its beginnings as Black History Week in 1984 to a month-long celebration of African culture and history.

The opening night celebration will take place Thursday, Jan. 29 at the George Dixon Centre at 2501 Gottingen St. at 7 p.m. Special guests include Wayn Hamilton, CEO of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs and Dr. Henry Bishop, director of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.

Many branches of Halifax Public Libraries will hold African Heritage Month programming for children, teens and adults throughout February. Programs feature a performance by Chelsea Nisbett, African drumming, author readings from Afua Cooper and David Woods and capoeira demonstrations by Dende do Recife.

Children’s programming includes puppet shows based on African folk tales and African dance and music presented by the Maritime Centre for African Dance.

For more information, visit our website at halifaxpubliclibraries.ca.

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852