SOLD OUT EVENING CELEBRATES BLACK WOMEN IN CANADIAN HISTORY Canadian icon Viola Desmond remembered in premiere of new Heritage Minute

February 2, 2016

To kick off Black History Month, Historica Canada and TD Bank hosted a special evening honouring the heroism and resilience of Black Canadian Women.

Toronto, Ontario (February 2, 2016) - To kick off Black History Month, Historica Canada and TD Bank hosted a special evening honouring the heroism and resilience of Black Canadian Women. The sold-out evening brought together more than 450 Canadians as they listened to local celebrities share stories of the women who have deeply influenced their lives.

“We’re very grateful for this opportunity to showcase a group of people who have made their mark on Canada in a very positive way.  Each have remarkable stories to tell,” says Historica Canada’s Anthony Wilson-Smith.

 “TD is delighted this year to be presenting An Evening Celebrating Black Women in Canada, part of TD's 2016 Black History Month series celebrating arts and culture. The contributions made by these iconic Canadian women---both past and present---have made and continue to make a remarkable impact on our communities. ” adds Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations, TD Bank Group.

The celebration included powerful and evocative stories from musician Jully Black, film critic Cameron Bailey, producer Trey Anthony, poet d’bi young anitafrika, actress Kandyse McClure, football player Cauchy Muamba and school trustee Tiffany Ford.

Historica Canada launched a new Heritage Minute paying homage to Canadian civil rights icon and entrepreneur Viola Desmond. Desmond courageously fought racial segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940s after she was arrested while sitting in a movie theatre section reserved for white patrons. Though her legal challenge was unsuccessful, the case became a catalyst for change.

 “The stories of Black women in Canada are often overlooked, and many influential women haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve for their role in shaping Canadian history. I’m thrilled to help amplify those stories through this new Heritage Minute and this event,” says Kandyse McClure, star of the Viola Desmond Heritage Minute.

For more information about this event visit www.celebrateblackhistory.ca. You can share and embed the Viola Desmond Heritage Minute from this link.

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information on Historica Canada visit: www.historicacanada.ca  

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Lali Mohamed, Event Coordinator                                            Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator
t. 416-506-1867 x 244                                                                      t. 416.506.1867 x 261 lmohamed@historicacanada.ca                                                      ahall@historicacanada.ca