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Black History Month Flag Raising

Last February, the Inaugural Pan-African Flag Raising in Saint John, New Brunswick kicked-off Black History Month with a big crowd. This year we’re activating even more cities and communities across the province to raise the Pan-African flag to kick-off Black History Month. This year’s flag-raising ceremonies will be live-streamed on Monday, February 1st at 12:00pm. Although we cannot gather together, we can still come together to celebrate virtually!
We are proceeding safely with the flag-raising by having only the Mayor in each city/community raise the flag and speak briefly, altogether only 5 people will attend the flag-raising in-person. We will live-stream the flag-raising to the community from 12:00-12:15pm. We have asked the participating cities and communities that the flag remains up throughout the month of February. Be sure to look out for the one closest to you!
In May 2020, the BLM movement was re-sparked after Mr. George Floyd was tragically murdered by police in Minneapolis over a counterfeit $20 bill. It is important not to let the fire of this present moment in history smoulder. Holding events like this flag-raising are extremely important to stoke the fire of the movement. We hope to activate public dialogue around the Black experience, anti-racism and inclusion. We hope that the entire month of February is an opportunity for everyone to learn and reflect on the past and present contributions of Black Canadians and Afro-Descended people living in Canada.
The theme for Black History Month 2021 is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity, it is chosen each year by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
There will be 7 flags raised on February 1st at 12pm in this province-wide recognition of the start of Black History Month:
Saint John
Quispamsis/Rothesay – KV Library
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