Celebrate Black History Month

Jeni Le Gon
February 1 2013 –

Celebrate the rich, long and vibrant history of people of African descent in February during Black History Month. Come out to one of the many events happening in the city this month.

Black history in British Columbia

British Columbia has been home to people of African descent since at least the 1850s. In 1858, James Douglas, “Father of British Columbia”, became the first Governor of the Colony of British Columbia. He was born in Guyana and parents were of Barbadian (Bajan) and Scottish ancestry.  Since then, we have seen the Black population in British Columbia grow with immigrants from the United States, the Caribbean, the African continent, and other parts of the world.

To kick off the celebration, Mayor Gregor Robertson will present a proclamation honouring the life and work of Jeni LeGon and unveil new Canada Post stamps honouring musician, Oliver Jones, and Vancouver legend, Joe Fortes, Vancouver's first lifeguard.

Check out this month's Black History Month events

Learn more about Black History Month

Official celebrations and observances

We recognize the valuable contributions of Vancouver's diverse communities is through special celebrations of International Women's Day, Black History Month, Vancouver Pride, Diwali, and others.