Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Your member of parliament for


Beaches-East York

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Your member of parliament for


Beaches-East York

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February: Black History Month

Celebrating local and Canadian black leaders, and civil rights pioneers.

February is Black History Month.

Locally, the East York Historical Society (EYHS) recently celebrated and remembered local black leaders, including Stanley G Grizzle. Pictured is his son (Stanley E Grizzle) and Pat Barnett of the EYHS.

Nationally, our government recently officially recognized the UN Decade for People of African Descent, as called for by many Canadian black leaders.

There are many important stories to share and remember, from black activist Viola Desmond (now the 1st woman on a Canadian bill), to human rights champion Dan Hill (first director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission), to jazz giant Oscar Peterson, to Jackie Robinson’s year in Montreal, and many many more.

Here’s a great article about Jackie Robinson’s time in Montreal.

Here’s one about the life of Stanley G Grizzle, Canada’s first black immigration judge.

Here’s one about Viola Desmond, a civil rights pioneer.

Here’s one about Dan Hill, human rights champion (and yes, father of the other Dan Hill).

Here’s one about Oscar Peterson, jazz giant.