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Media Release

For immediate release January 25, 2010

African Heritage Month 2010
Opening Night Celebration Kicks Off a Month of Events

Halifax Public Libraries is kicking off African Heritage Month (AHM) with an opening night event on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Halifax North Memorial Library. The opening night celebration will include a libations ceremony, drumming by Dr. Henry Bishop, a performance by Cindy Cain and greetings from dignitaries such as The Honourable Mayann E. Francis ONS, DHumL, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and US Consul General Anton K. Smith.

AHM has grown from its beginnings as Black History Week in 1984 to a month-long celebration of African culture and history. Halifax Public Libraries, a founding member of the Black History Month Association, is proud to present a month of programs at almost every branch.

“African Heritage Month is a celebration for everyone. This year, we have an exciting lineup of programs that highlight the artistic and cultural heritage of African Nova Scotians,” said Tracey Jones-Grant, manager of diversity services at Halifax Public Libraries.

Programs for adults include performances by KOJO (Sudanese music played on the thumb piano), hip hop artist Hellafactz The Akdaviss, spoken word artist Andrew Abraham and more. Programs for children include puppet shows based on African folk tales and African dance and music presented by the Maritime Centre for African Dance.

For more information, visit 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