Every year, there are Black History Month festivities and events all across the country that honour the legacy of black people or people of African descent in Canada, past and present.
There was and continues to be a lack of positive protrayal of black people's contributions in the communities and awareness of black history. This resulted in the establishment of a week in February to recognize black people's contributions in the U.S. in 1926. During the early 1970s, the week became known as Black History Week. It was expanded into Black History Month in 1976.