Happy Black History Month!
Each February in Canada we celebrate and honour the legacy of Black Canadians — from the past to the present. It is a time to learn more about the important contributions of people of African descent in Canada and around the world.
Here is a list of books for all ages to learn about the history of Black Canadians. We have non-fiction and fiction titles separated into different age categories. We hope everyone finds a book here that they can read to learn something about the diversity of experiences of Black people in Canada, and the ways they have shaped the country and world that we live in today.
All too often, the history of Black people in Canada is overshadowed by the stories of those in other countries, especially the United States. The boundaries of history do not look the same as modern national borders and many of these histories are connected to one another, especially the North Atlantic slave trade, Black loyalists, the underground railroad and more. This books list was created to try and keep our attention on Black Canadian history.
As you read through this list of recommendations, click on the cover image of any book to place a hold online, for pick up at any of our eight library branches in Brampton!
To learn more about Black Canadian history and Black History Month, you can also visit:
- The Ontario Black History Society
- Government of Canada: Black history Month
- Archives of Ontario: Resources Relating to Black History