Ceremony to mark African Heritage Month held at St. FX University

Posted at 8:39 am on January 31, 2017 | Filed Under: News

The start of African Heritage Month was recognized Monday at a ceremony on St.FX. Members of the public, local politicians and representatives from the zone #7 African Cultural Awareness Association were on hand to kickoff the month titled: “Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotia and the Next 150”.

African Heritage Month runs through February with many events planned throughout the town and county. This year’s celebrations, in particular, are well timed, given the recent recognition of Viola Desmond.

Desmond, a businesswoman and beautician, was jailed in 1946 for sitting in the whites-only section of a New Glasgow, N.S., movie theatre. The theatre’s policy forced black people to sit upstairs in a balcony.

Antigonsh MLA Randy Delorey believes the theme of Passing the Torch is important for today’s younger generation:

 

Events in Antigonish include lessons on modern and traditional African dance and drumming, a family night of sharing culture, music and poetry reading as well as a screening of “Ninth Floor”.