February 01, 2007 10:45 ET

City of Montreal/February is Black History Month: Launching of the 16th Edition of Black History Month With "Nurture our Roots for a Better Future" as a Theme

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 1, 2007) - The Mayor of Montreal, Gerald Tremblay, and the President of the Black History Month Roundtable, Elisabeth Dembil, today unveiled the program of activities of the 16th edition of Black History Month at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Lise Theriault, and representatives of the black community. Held under the theme "Nurture our Roots for a Better Future", Black History Month highlights the extraordinary road travelled by individuals for their dedication, energy and contribution to the development of our city.

"Over the years, Black History Month has become a major event in Montreal and an annual celebration of the talent, cultural heritage and vitality of this vibrant community. Just as Expo 67, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, was a window on the world, Black History Month is an opportunity for all Montrealers to open up to other cultures and discover the achievements of the black community, while promoting an improved knowledge of its diversity and richness as well as cultural rapprochement through exchange and encounters," said Mayor Tremblay.

Mayor Tremblay also emphasized the fact that Black History Month reminds us about the black community's civil rights struggle. It also celebrates freedom, mutual respect, fairness and mutual responsibility. These values bring us closer together and are at the heart of the Montreal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

"All Montrealers must know and understand their past, to build a better tomorrow and pass on to their children their cultural heritage and the values that bring us together. This will enable us to enter a dialogue between cultures and build a city that is open, mutually responsible, with a great quality of life," added Mayor Tremblay.

Youth welcome!

This year, the Black History Month Roundtable highlights youth and the achievements of young people by paying tribute to those who have made their mark in the cultural, social, economic or political fields. Proud of their commitment and involvement in the community, the 2007 laureates wish to convey a message of hope for all Montrealers.

"The 16th edition of Black History Month gives a place of choice to youth. It reminds us that we are responsible for the future of our young people and for the values we pass on to them, so that they may enjoy a full life. The road travelled by these young Montrealers is a source of inspiration for their generation," said Mayor Tremblay.

Mayor Tremblay added that the city has been a key partner of the Black History Month Roundtable since it was first introduced in 1992. Montreal contributes financially to this event through promotional support. The city has implemented several programs to support cultural diversity, including a program to support diversity in cultural expression and community initiatives, the Connexion communautes noires - entreprises project and a professional sponsorship program.

The Mayor also announced the holding of the "This is my History" photo exhibition at city hall, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Union United Church, which was the first black Church in Montreal to help black immigrants to Montreal.

More than 100 activities will be featured at various cultural facilities and maisons de la culture, February 1 to 28. For a complete schedule of events, please visit or call the Roundtable at 514 282-3443.

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