Black History Month – February 14, 2021

Black History (or African Heritage) month began on February 1st. Officially recognized in Canada since 1996, Black History month has its origins in the 1920’s United States.

In the United Church of Canada we take time during this month to focus on the contributions and experiences of Black members of the Church. Stories from across the Church are being shared on the SPUC blog page throughout the month and I encourage you to watch or read them and to do some exploring on your own. Black history is Canadian history and it’s something we all need to learn more about.

Today I invite you to read a blog post authored by Peter Haresnape titled “Allies Need to Show Up.”  Peter is a member of Toronto United Mennonite Church, and since 2016 has worked with the Student Christian Movement of Canada.  In the blog introduction he states “I have been urged to understand more how racism persists and perpetuates, and pass this challenge and knowledge on to others.”

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