Back in April 2016, this Medal of Honor recipient's grave was finally found and unveiled for the first time in some 130 years and more. The media coverage of the historic event could be heard from radio stories, viewing on TV, and read about in numerous print media and internet outlets. Potential public exposure had to be in the millions on that and the days to follow.
The role this blog played in helping to find the Noil grave, the arranging, in part due to the efforts of this blog, for a new and corrected marker placed and the most formal ceremony, again in part due to this blog, have been often noted in this space.
The Noil story should be widespread across Canada during this very month declared across North America as being "Black History Month".
Sadly, I have yet to see Joseph Noil's name mentioned ANYWHERE in Canada during this month.
Curious, when it was just two years ago during Black History Month, that our Prime Minister publicly noted that this is... "a time to honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, and reflect on the many contributions they have made in our country."
The month of February was chosen for a reason.
It was felt most fitting that a month to honour the Blacks of North America should represent both men. Thus, their births in February became the logical month for Black History Month.
Senator Oliver was the first Black Senator in our Senate, and MP Augustine was the first Black MP in Canada.
Here is the story of their work and the creation of Black History Month in Canada. The following may well be the first time in decades...or longer that these historical documents have been presented to the public, but it is now in this very blog.
While it is long, I urge you to read it all!
"Motion agreed to."
It was on this date... March 4, 2008, that the Senate of Canada approved the creation of Black History Month in Canada. It received unanimous votes. Every Senator from across Canada voted in favour of creating such a month.
The first ever month of celebration would occur in 2009.
The next blog, will arrive soon, and it will be in the month the US celebrates as Womens History Month. Ours is celebrated in October as regular readers of this blog well know.
In that blog I will continued with many issues regarding Black History Month... and it's failings.
See you soon,