Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month 


As we embark on the month of February, COPE Ontario proudly joins the nation in celebrating Black History Month—a time to recognize, honor, and amplify the extraordinary contributions of Black individuals throughout history. This year, we are especially focused on highlighting the invaluable impact Black leaders have made within the labour movement, shaping a more just and equitable society for all.

The labour movement has been a powerful force in championing workers' rights, and it is essential to acknowledge the pivotal role Black activists and workers have played in advancing these ideals. From the historic struggles for fair wages to the fight against discrimination in the workplace, Black individuals have been at the forefront, driving positive change within the labour movement.

This month, we reflect on the trailblazers who paved the way for a more inclusive and diverse workforce. Canadian icons like Bromley Armstrong and Stanley G. Grizzle have left an indelible mark, inspiring generations to come and shaping the labour movement.

We encourage our members to take this opportunity to learn more about the rich history of Black contributions to the labour movement. Through education and understanding, we can work together to create an environment that fosters equality, justice, and unity within our ranks.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us recommit ourselves to the principles of solidarity, diversity, and inclusion. By standing together and recognizing the unique perspectives and talents each member brings to our collective effort, we strengthen our ability to create positive change and build a more equitable future for all.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to the labour movement. Together, we can continue to make strides towards a more just and inclusive society.


In solidarity,


Patty Clancy - Director of COPE Ontario      Lorrie Vandersluis - President of COPE Ontario

And the COPE Ontario Team 



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