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Black History Month

February is devoted to delving into the vibrant history of Black Canadians, recognizing their substantial contributions to the growth and development of our nation. During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada a culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous country.

Here in Brooks, AB, we take pride in being a home to individuals from many backgrounds. Did you know that Brooks has a significantly higher percentage (22%) of Black immigrants compared to many other places in Canada (Canadian average 4%).

This month, we are happy to suggest a thoughtfully selected list of books that illuminate Black history in Alberta and North America.

Here are some compelling selections:

  • “A Country You Can Leave” by Asale Angel-Ajani
  • “Change Sings” by Amanda Gorman
  • “How to be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman
  • “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “Little Leaders – Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison
  • “The 1619 Project” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • “The Light We Carry” by Michelle Obama
  • “The Story of Ruby Bridges” by Robert Coles
  • “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

Dive into the diverse and impactful narratives that contribute to the intricate tapestry of Black history. Regardless of your location, it is essential for all Canadians to strive to deepen their understanding of Black Canadian history and the ongoing contributions that shape Canada.

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