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Black History Month Celebrates London's Diversity

Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco will kick off February as Black History Month by unveiling a plaque renaming Nelson Park the Richard Berry Harrison Park. A London native, Richard B. Harrison was a Broadway actor in the 1930s, playing "de Lawd" in 1,657 performances of The Green Pastures.

" It is only fitting to launch Black History Month by honouring a prominent member of London's black community, " says Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco. " It is also important to recognize the many contributions this community has played in our city's history and evolution. "

The London Black History and Resource Committee has a number of activities planned throughout Black History Month, including the Opening Gala and Film Festival at Museum London, the Community Information and Job Fair at UWO, the launch of the Black History Calendar for 2003, and the Closing Gala at London Public Library.

" Each of the activities is unique, offering a different insight into the accomplishments of the black community, " says committee member Michelle Edwards. " They are not only a celebration of our heritage, but also an opportunity to educate the public on black history. "

Join us on Friday January 31, 2003 - 10:30 a.m. at Beth Emmanuel Church for the Black History Month Launch. Link to details of this event.

The London Black History and Resource Committee would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous financial contribution to these events and the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre for their support.

In addition, The London Black History and Resource Committee would like to gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors:

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