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LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA LAUNCHES
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2009

OTTAWA, January 30, 2009- Library and Archives Canada is pleased to collaborate with Black History Ottawa to host the official launch of Black History Month 2009, a celebration highlighting the many achievements and contributions made by Canadians of African descent.

The Opening Ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 1, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Library and Archives Canada, located at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

"Library and Archives Canada is proud of its long-standing relationship with Black History Ottawa in honoring the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present." stated Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "I invite researchers, historians, educators, genealogists and students to delve into our vast array of material and resources to learn more about the rich heritage of Black Canadians."

Focusing on the theme "The Courage to Make a Difference", the celebration will be one of inspiration and entertainment, spotlighting the valuable contributions of pioneers who helped to build a vibrant community. These leaders include Abraham Doras Shadd who played a major role in the Underground Railroad and was the first Black person to hold political office in Canada, and Rosemary Brown who was the first Black woman to be elected as a member of a Provincial Legislative Assembly in Canada.

For a glimpse of LAC's ARCHIVED - Black History resources, visit:
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/northern-star/index-e.html.

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Information / Media Interviews:
Pauline M. Portelance
Senior Media Relations Officer
Library and Archives Canada
819-994-4589 or 613-293-4298
pauline.portelance@bac-lac.gc.ca