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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

85 Events to Make African Heritage Month Your Winter Remedy
TD Presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax, NS–During the month of February the Library is celebrating African Heritage Month, infusing our community with energetic events and inspiring voices. This year, Halifax Public Libraries is proud to once again partner with TD to support important conversations and celebrations that recognize the accomplishments of African Nova Scotians and support our continued growth as a community.

“African Heritage Month gets better every year, which is a testament to our community’s commitment to collaborate and achieve success together,” says Åsa Kachan, Chief Librarian and CEO, Halifax Public Libraries. “Taking the time to honour the accomplishments of creative minds and community leaders is key to having a reflective, healthy society. We are grateful for TD’s continued support.”

African Heritage Month 2017 benefitted from the guidance of a Community Advisory Group as well as  the African Heritage Month Information Network. “Passing the Torch” is this year’s theme, and its focus is reflected in a series of prominent programs which include Artist-in-Residence, Kim Cain; former NBA player, Steve Benton; and local writer and storyteller, Shauntay Grant.

"TD is thrilled to be collaborating with local community leaders, youth and Halifax Public Libraries to create a program rich with African Heritage and most importantly, one that reflects our community's aspirations for a culturally diverse celebration," said Tara-Lynn Hughes, Senior Vice President TD Canada Trust – Atlantic Region.  "At TD we are committed to enriching the lives of our communities, colleagues and customers, and nothing brings cultures and communities closer together than music, stories, art and dance. We invite everyone to join us in this community celebration."

With 24 headliners featured in the schedule, people are at the heart of African Heritage Month. Artists in dance, fine art, film, theatre, and music will take centre stage. Sports professionals, business owners, and devoted educators will share stories and insights. The Library is excited to host events such as Lift Every Voice 2, a music showcase produced by African Nova Scotia Music Association and Chasing the Champion: A Conversation on the Life and Legacy of Sam Langford produced by Eastern Front Theatre. Library branches will host lively town hall conversations through programs such as Inclusion Revolution presented by Halifax Pride and a community-organized discussion called Street Checks - The Impacts.

African Heritage Month is a significant annual event for Halifax Public Libraries. All of its 14 branches offer free opportunities to have many artistic, commemorative, and cultural experiences. To find out more about TD Presents African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries, visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca or your local branch.

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Media contact

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852, Cell: (902) 476-8605
Email: morrisk@halifax.ca