For the month of February, St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School's Diversity Committee celebrated Black History and the many contributions of Black Canadians.
"The committee showed awareness of the many achievements of Black artists, athletes, scientists, politicians and many more, who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today," said Teacher Stephanie Martyers.
Throughout the month, staff and students were introduced to numerous individuals through various mediums, including music on the morning announcements from various Black Canadian artists.
“It was nice to hear music by Drake, Ruth B, and other Black Canadian artists who have made a name here in Canada,” said Grade 10 student Janelle Balaug.
“I didn’t know The Weeknd, someone who is so famous, is a Canadian singer, it was interesting to discover this," added fellow Grade 10 student Vi Nguyen.
In addition to music, the committee also worked on posters depicting famous black Canadians, added Martyers.
"We posted them out in the hallways of the different departments and classes."
To conclude the month's activities, the Diversity Committee hosted a movie night on March 7, playing “Queen of Katwe.” The movie is based on a true story depicting the hardships and success of a young woman from Uganda who becomes a reigning chess champion. The movie was chosen to align with this year’s Canadian Black History Month theme, “Black Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision.”
"The Diversity Committee believes Black History Month's message is something we can continue beyond February, celebrating Black contributions to Canadian heritage and the many gifts that our multicultural society have given to our great Canadian culture," said Advisor Amy Martyres.
"We are very proud of our committee members who worked hard with enthusiasm to showcase our Canadian heritage."