Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We can always count on Black History Ottawa to bring the community together in the spirit of civil rights advocate and minister Martin Luther King Jr., whose message of hope and equality is celebrated on the third Monday of January. Here in Ottawa, the organization DreamKeepers brought community leaders of all stripes together at City Hall this past Monday for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards — this year, their theme “North Star Nation” recognized the work done by Toronto lawyer and former MPP Margaret Best and Indigenous leader Albert Dumont, and featured a keynote address by Kalenda Eaton, an expert on the literature of the African diaspora in North America.
And what a great way to gear up for Black History Month! Saturday, January 28 marks the launch of Black History Month Ottawa. Taking place at Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington St. W.), the event will both honour the ingenuity of early Black trailblazers and acknowledge the important work being done today. Mayor Jim Watson will be there, Rev. Anthony Bailey will give the keynote address, and Canada Post will unveil the 2017 Black History Month stamp.