Media Release

For immediate release January 23, 2012

Opening night celebration kicks off African Heritage Month

Halifax, NS -- Halifax Public Libraries, the Black History Month Association and the Black Cultural Society are co-hosting an opening night celebration for African Heritage Month on Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m. at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 10 Cherry Brook Road. The event will include entertainment and proclamations.

Dignitaries at the opening night celebration include: The Honourable Mayann E Francis, ONS, DHumL, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia; The Honourable David Wilson, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage; and Councillor Lorelei Nicoll.

Other speakers include Dr. Leslie Oliver, president of the Black Cultural Society; Philip Moscovitch, chair of the Halifax Regional Library Board; and Tracey Jones-Grant, representing the Black History Month Association. There will be performances by the Umoja Unity Drummers and by Reverend Wallace and Deacon Wallace Smith Jr.

Halifax Public Libraries is a founding member of the Black History Month Association. This opening night event kicks off an entire month of programming at the library. “This year, we have over 25 programs for adults, teens and children, including African drum and dance programs, film screenings, musical performances and special guests such as George Elliott Clarke, Shauntay Grant, Gloria Ann Wesley, David Woods and Philip Akin,” said Tracey Jones-Grant, who is also the manager of diversity services for Halifax Public Libraries.

African Heritage Month has grown from its beginnings as Black History Week in 1984 to a month-long celebration of African culture and history. For more program details, visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca, or pick up a Library Guide for all Halifax Public Libraries’ event listings.


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