African Heritage Timelines

In 1984, the Halifax City Regional Library (as it was then known) recognized the need to acknowledge the history, culture and achievement of the African-Nova Scotian community. That year, in partnership with the Black United Front of Nova Scotia and writer/actor David Woods, the first celebration of Black History Week took place at the Halifax North Memorial Library on Gottingen Street. Although not initially held in February — the month normally designated for Black History Celebrations — the event went ahead, with the purpose of celebrating the history of the Black community served by the city library.
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