Happy Emancipation Day!
“The Black community has been present in Ontario for more than 300 years. The year 2008 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Ontario Black History Society, which is dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of the history of Ontario’s Black community, and the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States of America. It is important to recognize the heritage of Ontario’s Black community and the contributions that it has made and continues to make to Ontario. It is also important to recall the ongoing international struggle for human rights and freedom from repression for persons of all races which can be best personified by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Accordingly, it is appropriate to recognize August 1 formally as Emancipation Day and to celebrate it.”
The above is from the proclamation of August 1 as Emancipation Day by the Ontario Government 10 years ago. This was done to to mark the end of slavery in the British Empire.