Black History Month

Black History Month was established in 1926 as a valiant effort to tell the story of people of Black African slave descent in North America and the Caribbean whose 12 million ancestors were transported against their will to the Americas and the Caribbean where they were enslaved for more than three centuries.  The story of survival and the outstanding contribution of Black people to all spheres of life is conspicuously absent from mainstream history books.  Until that changes, we will need to have Black History Month.

It is important for all of us to understand how our shared history and our daily lives have been impacted by the history and contributions of Black Canadians.

Storytelling can be hard.  It is uncomfortable to recount the acts of injustice, the cruelty of slavery and the complex issues of race relations.  It is important to tell the story of Black people as it is intertwined with the story of all of us here in North America.  And yes, telling the story of slavery is still relevant as we are living with the legacy of slavery.

The scourge of slavery has damaged all of us, Black and non-Black people.  We are all caught up in the vices of systemic racism, ethnic privilege, unconscious bias, racial profiling, reverse racism, political correctness, to name a few.

The truth is descendants of African slaves continue to live under the veil of negative stereotypes and deprecating depictions of their history and culture.

Black History Month affords us the opportunity to identify deceptive beliefs about Black people and discuss how we may dismantle systemic racism where it exists and build a world that offers equal opportunity and justice for all people.

It’s great to see the conversations and commitments to advance #diversityandinclusion and the celebration of #blackhistorymonth.

Here’s a short presentation with an overview of the history of Black Canadians and their outstanding contribution to life in #Canada.

See the BIG picture. Focus on what’s important.


Published by Camille Isaacs-Morell

Enabling businesses and people to be successful. This is my mission, my life’s work. It’s always been what I have done wherever I’ve been employed, called to serve or to volunteer. An experienced business leader, my core values are truth, integrity, and respect. I believe that values-based leadership is critical for organizational success that is enabled by an engaged and empowered workforce. Working over the years in several senior marketing, communications, and executive leadership mandates for global, financial, healthcare, and non-profit organizations, it has been through times of transformation and difficult change that I have done my best work. In my blog posts, I share my perspectives on leadership, marketing and strategy that are based on my key learnings and observations over the years, all with the objective of helping others reach for success. In my spare time, I enjoy the beauty of nature which I reproduce in my pastel paintings.

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