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Premier Ford Celebrates Contributions of Ontario's Black Community During Black History Month

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Premier Ford Celebrates Contributions of Ontario's Black Community During Black History Month

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TORONTO — Today, Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement in celebration of Black History Month:

"Tomorrow marks the beginning of Black History Month. This is a time to honour the legacy of all Ontarians of African descent, past and present, and their remarkable contributions to our province's history, culture, and social fabric.

We join the African and Caribbean community across the province in remembering and recognizing the many achievements of Ontario's Black leaders. Their accomplishments are inspiring the next generation of young Black leaders to help shape a prosperous and thriving future for Ontario.

Black History Month also offers us an opportunity to heal wounds and shine a light on the injustices committed against the Black community. Racism and intolerance have no place in Ontario. Our strength as a province comes from our diversity and inclusiveness, and we will continue to build an Ontario free of discrimination and hate. From leaders in business, athletics, the arts and research to trailblazers in public service like Lincoln Alexander and Addie Aylestock, their tireless work on anti-racism has broken down barriers for all visible minorities.

I encourage everyone to participate in the many events celebrating Black History Month in their communities across the province and learn more about the incredible contributions made by Ontarians and Canadians of African descent — because Black history is our history."

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