February 1st, 2018 (Edmonton) – The Alberta Party Caucus released the following statement in recognition of the start of Black History Month.

“The Alberta Party Caucus is marking the start of Black History month by encouraging Albertans to learn more about the history of African and Caribbean communities in Alberta. The Alberta Party believes that diversity is a crucial piece of our province’s identity, and Albertans like Violet King, Lionel Jones, and John Ware are perfect examples of how that diversity has made our province a better place. Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions that black Albertans have made, from our province’s infancy to the current day.”

“On the first anniversary of Black History Month being officially recognized in Alberta, our caucus believes that celebration of black achievement will one day become an everyday thing. Until that day arrives we must be deliberate in spreading awareness about black history and accomplishment. We hope that all Albertans will take advantage of the many events being offered this month showcasing the culture and character of Alberta’s black community.”

“We must also use Black History Month to reflect on periods when Alberta has not been as welcoming as we should have been. Learning from our past will help us to avoid falling into the xenophobia or intolerance that marked some of the more shameful periods of Alberta’s history. We must continue to move forward in this province, not backwards. So this Black History Month, let us stand shoulder to shoulder and celebrate the differences that make us stronger together.”

 

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For an interview please contact:

Niall Condon

Director of Communications

Alberta Party Caucus

(780) 721-3065

Niall.Condon@assembly.ab.ca


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