SHOW OF PRIDE

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - LYNN CUR­WIN

African Her­itage Month was launched in Truro’s coun­cil chambers this week with poetry and pas­sion and a call to en­cour­age more youth to be­come in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties.

TRURO, N.S. – Some pow­er­ful poetry helped launch African Her­itage Month in Truro.

El Jones, spo­ken word poet and com­mu­nity ac­tivist, was spe­cial guest for the event, which took place in coun­cil chambers on Mon­day, Feb. 3.

Through poetry, she en­cour­aged peo­ple to value them­selves and sup­port oth­ers, re­mind­ing them that women like Har­riet Tub­man, who was born into slav­ery, ded­i­cated her­self to up­lift­ing her peo­ple and val­ued her­self.

Jones said: “She ded­i­cated her­self to her mis­sion to up­lift her peo­ple

She never learned to read or write But she could guide thou­sands by the light of the north star.

Mean­while, my sis­ters with law de­grees or PHDS

Believ­ing we have come so far Are brain­washed into think­ing our lives have no dig­nity.

And so, we do not seek equal­ity. My sis­ters, we must ask our­selves se­ri­ously why so many of us have our own house, bank ac­count or car

But still do not value our­selves one half of a per cent as much as Har­riet did.” Min­is­ter of African Nova Sco­tian Af­fairs Tony Ince also spoke at the event, en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to get more youth in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

“They’re the ones that have to carry this torch for us and they need to know and feel a part of this,” he said.

He noted as he trav­els around the prov­ince, he is see­ing more young peo­ple get­ting in­volved and mak­ing adults ac­count­able.

Truro Mayor Bill Mills pro­claimed Fe­bru­ary as African Her­itage Month in the town and his year’s poster was un­veiled, with the theme, “The Ties that Bind: Faith, Fam­ily, Com­mu­nity.”

Truro Coun­cil­lor Cathy Hin­ton, chair of the diversity ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, also ad­dressed those in at­ten­dance.

“In Septem­ber, our African Nova Sco­tian com­mu­nity voiced con­cerns to the town that ex­isted for decades and the town is lis­ten­ing,” she said. “A res­o­lu­tion was made to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the African Nova Sco­tian com­mu­nity to en­hance our re­la­tion­ship through his­tor­i­cal recog­ni­tion of their con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity and im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion, to open di­a­logue on other com­mu­nity con­cerns and to sup­port the com­mu­nity as it seeks jus­tice and de­vel­op­ment through the prov­ince and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.”

LYNN CUR­WIN/TRURO NEWS

Min­is­ter of African Nova Sco­tian Af­fairs Tony Ince was at Truro Town Coun­cil chambers Mon­day for the kick­off of African Her­itage Month.

LYNN CUR­WIN/TRURO NEWS

Spo­ken word poet and com­mu­nity ac­tivist El Jones shared her poetry dur­ing the kick­off to African Her­itage Month in Truro.

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