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Black History Month officially recognized in Alberta

Read about the event here http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/black-history-month-officially-recognized-in-alberta



The official public celebration occurred on Thursday February 2nd, at the Alberta Legislature:


As the descendants of the original Black families who settled in Alberta, you are cordially invited to the 1st Black History Month Ceremony at the Alberta Legislature.

Please join Speaker Bob Wanner and MLA David Shepherd, who is the only Black MLA in Alberta, for the official ceremony to recognize the rich history of Albertans of African and Caribbean descent. Black Albertans have been part of our province for over 100 years, making significant contributions to our industry, culture and communities. This event will serve as the first official recognition of those accomplishments. The ceremony will also feature performances by Mbira Renaissance Band Unplugged, Ahmed Knowmadic, and Erin David. This will all take place Thursday, February 2 at 5:45 p.m. in the Main level Rotunda of the Alberta Legislature.

Following the ceremony, we will be taking a historical group photo on the Rotunda steps.

The Alberta’s NDP Government Caucus will then be hosting a dinner reception in the Capital View Room of the Edmonton Federal Building. Guests are welcome to join our MLAs and Ministers to share ideas for a better province and celebrate the work of Albertans of African and Caribbean descent.

Mbira Renaissance Band Unplugged:

February 2nd, 2017

Alberta Legislature

Main Floor Rotunda

10800 – 97 Avenue



Ceremony: February 2nd, 2017 Alberta Legislature Main Floor Rotunda 10800 97 Ave


Reception: February 2nd, 2017

Edmonton Federal Building Capita View Room

9820-107 St


Edmonton MLA David Sheperd successfully pushes for Black History month at legislature

‘It’s important to recognize the rich history and diversity of black heritage in the province.’


David Shepherd is set to bring Black History Month to Alberta’s Legislature.

The MLA for Edmonton-Centre said Friday he has received official word from the Speakers’ Office that he can host a formal event at the provincial building next year — the first time the month has been officially recognized.
Shepherd said he thinks it’s vital to honour black history in Alberta.
“It’s important to recognize the rich history and diversity of black heritage in the province. Also recognizing the African and Caribbean community are part of our province and they’re great contributors,” Shepherd said.
“Diversity is a real strength in our province and adds a lot to our communities.”

He said he felt that as the only current sitting MLA who is black, he should help make it happen.
Shepherd said he believes this will be the first time Black History Month will be officially marked at the Legislature.
It will be among other firsts celebrated at the provincial buildings in recent years, including The Day of the Dead on Nov. 1, 2016.

The upcoming Feb. 2, 2017 event will have speakers from the government, official opposition parties, and representatives from the African and Caribbean communities.
Plans are still in the works but Shepherd, who sits in the NDP government caucus, said he hopes more get involved.