The LKDSB acknowledges the ongoing impacts of anti-Black racism in our communities, which cause harm, trauma, violence and the loss of Black lives. We know that the intersections of racism and other social and institutional inequalities result in the ongoing oppression and marginalization of the Black community. As an education system, we are committed to change and championing anti-oppressive education.
In recognition of Black History/African Heritage Month in February, the LKDSB is committed to recognizing the historically erased role of Black Canadians in our history and society. This year, the focus for Black History/African Heritage Month will be “Celebrating Black History Here."
As there are significant Black historic sites located within the LKDSB's geographic area, we encourage students, staff and families to learn more about our local history and its connection to the Underground Railroad and other historical events, and the ongoing contributions of local Black communities to the development and prosperity of Ontario and Canada.
In addition to activities promoted during the month of February, LKDSB students, families and staff members are invited to explore the rich history in the surrounding area and learn more about how African Canadian history can be incorporated into the curriculum. The LKDSB is committed to supporting Ontario's Anti-Black Racism Strategy. Visit the Government of Canada Black History Month website for additional information and resources.
Click here to learn more about the 2020-2021 focus on Black Lives Matter.
Local Black Historic Sites
Buxton National Historic Site: Buxton National Historic Site aims to provide educational programming to support students in gaining a better understanding of the roots of racial prejudices, as well as the progress that has been made since the era of the Underground Railroad, in eradicating those prejudices from our society. The museum's main purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historical artifacts related to the Elgin (Buxton) Settlement from its founding in 1849 to the late 19th century. Click here to take an interactive tour. Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society/Black Mecca Museum: The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society celebrates black history in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the City of Chatham. Click here to take a virtual tour. Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History: The Josiah Henson Museum commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson (1796-1883). This historic site recognizes Rev. Henson's contributions to the abolition movement and his work in the Underground Railroad, as well as his connection to Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Click here to take a virtual tour.Educational Resources
Black History Resources for Educators
Black History/African Heritage Google Classroom Resources
Government of Canada Black History Month