By: Ken Hirter

February marks Black History Month where Canadians are invited to participate in festivities and events that honor the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

ROLL CALL – A Poem by George Clarke

Stories of Courage Reveal Your Presence

It can be found on the website: Black History Month-CANADA.CA for more information.

Here in Hamilton, the Hamilton Public Library (HPL) between February 01-23, 2018 is honouring Black History Month with FREE MOVIES at the HPL Central location and also the surrounding library locations. For an inclusive listing of all the movies and documentaries please visit their website @theHPL

A couple of notable mentions:

Tuesday February 06th 2018: Artists and Writers Programs for Black History Month

Graffiti Artist: Jean-Michael Basquiat 1960-1988.

Soul Sounds of Solidarity:

ONE SOUL, MANY HEARTS

In honour of Black History Month, Art of Collaboratives energies United in peace and sharing soul…….

Events close to Hamilton’s North End:

Celebrating Excellence Celebrating in our Black Community Award Night.

“The John C Holland Awards”. Rev John C Holland started out as a newspaper boy, dreamed of becoming a minister and became the first African to be named “Citizen of the Year” in any community in Canada, we honour those who continue to work diligently in the spirit of John Holland 1882-1954.

When: Saturday February the 10th 2018

Where: Liuna Station Grand Central Ballroom/360 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario For tickets please visit their website www.johnhollandawards.com

The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr live on and I would like to close with a few quotes that resonate with many of us.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that, hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

January 15th 1929-April 04th 1968