Black History Month

February 3, 2010

February is Black History Month. It is an opportunity for Canadians to recognize the significant contributions that people of African heritage have made to the life of Canada in education, medicine, art, culture, public service, economic development, politics, and human rights. Above all, Black History Month is an opportunity for Canadians to understand the role the Black community has played in our history, a role that has been too often forgotten in our history books.

The origins of Jazz and Blues music is attributed to traits carried from West African black folk music developed in the Americas in the early 20th century by descendents of African slaves. Jazz and Blues became an expression of the new freedoms attained by African Americans and like their growing role within society their music grew too, becoming an integral part of North American music and life.

To find out more about African Heritage Month visit the website http://blackhistorycanada.ca/ were you will find more information on the history of African Heritage in Canada.

Every day in February jazzonthetube.com will be featuring a jazz video that illuminates an aspect of black history.

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