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Black History/African Heritage
​​Black History Month

​Black History is annually celebrated during the month of February, but the role of African Canadians in our history and society is embedded in Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) curriculum throughout the year.​​​ 

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 focusing on 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 Black Lives Matter. C​lick here to read a message from Director John Howitt and Frequently Asked Questions about Black Lives Matter​.

​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 also committed to supporting Ontario's Anti-Black Racism Strategy.

Ad​ditio​nal information and resources

​Buxton National Historic SiteBuxton 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. 

​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.

​Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic SiteUncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site 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.

Black History/African Heritage Google Classroom Resources​

Black Heritage Symposium – Education Week

During Education Week, the LKDSB's Equity and Inclusive Committee hosts a Black Heritage Symposium. Participants of the symposium learn about the importance of black heritage and identity, and visit Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site.

The purpose of this event is to build capacity within LKDSB schools and communities and to create a safe and caring learning environment that is strengthened by embracing diversity, and respecting self, others and the world around us. The Symposium is intended to meet the learning needs and interests of all students and staff through diverse programming. The keynote speakers offer dynamic and interactive programs rich in black history.

The Heritage Symposium aims to:
  • Build capacity and understanding about black heritage and identity.
  • Collaborate and connect with experts and learn effective strategies and solutions to empower racialized students.
  • Meet the learning needs and interests of all students and staff through the provision of the diverse programs.