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Toronto Catholic District School Board

African Canadian Heritage Mass
and Cultural Exposé

On February 5, 2020, Cardinal Carter Academy hosted students from across the Board for the annual African Canadian Heritage Mass and Cultural Expose.
 
The day began with a mass, celebrated by Father Obinna Ifeanyi, and followed with remarks and a cultural expose. Through presentations in spoken word, dance and song, TCDSB students demonstrated how culture can play a significant role in shaping Canada's heritage and identity, through an artistic lens.
 
Students also received presentations dedicated to notable African Canadians like:
  • Viola Desmond, a Canadian civil rights activist who challenged racial segregation at a cinema in Nova Scotia and is now the first woman of colour to be portrayed on Canadian currency (the $10 purple bill)
  • Elijah McCoy who is known for inventing a device that lubricated a train's moving parts while the train is was in motion and inventing portable ironing boards
  • Anne Cools, the first black person to become a Canadian senator
  • and Donovan Bailey, the first African Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100 meter sprint
 
It was a wonderful celebration of African Canadian heritage and the TCDSB is grateful to the organizers and performers who contributed to the event's success. 
 
Check out photo highlights from the celebration​ below:
 
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