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Black History Ottawa

Black History Ottawa (BHO) is a registered Canadian charity with a mandate to advance education by increasing the public’s knowledge and appreciation of, and carrying out research in the history, culture, traditions and achievements of Canadians of African descent. Through our initiatives, we serve the community by developing and offering  programs, open to the public, which focus on areas such as mentorship, youth leadership and health.

To see peoples of African descent uplifted and united with pride and knowledge of their global heritage and legacy.

 Make a difference in what is known about our history and contributions to Canadian society and in the kind of inheritance we leave our children in the future.

Together we can improve the public's knowledge

and appreciation for history, culture, traditions and achievements of Canadians of African descent by supporting research...


Carter Godwin Woodson

(December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950)

The "Father" of Black History Month in North America

African-American historian, author, journalist and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of Journal of Negro History in 1916, Woodson is considered the "father of black history month" in North America. In February 1926 he announced the celebration of "Negro History Week", considered the precursor of Black History Month.

Black History...a legacy worth preserving.

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