NEW GLASGOW – The sounds of African drums and an honour guard of local police officers greeted dignitaries and citizens as they entered council chambers to celebrate the beginning of African Heritage month Monday morning.
The Town of New Glasgow in partnership with the African Nova Scotian North-Central Network and the Nova Scotia Office of African Affairs hosted the kick-off ceremony, which included African music, cuisine and traditional textiles.
The ceremony included the unveiling of African History Month poster, speeches from Mayor Barrie MacMillan, MLA Ross Landry, Sr. Analyst at the office of African Nova Scotian Affairs Tracey Thomas, Chairwoman of the Congress of Black Women Pictou County Chapter Elizabeth Paris and Municipality of Pictou County Warden Ron Baillie. Musical selections were also performed during the ceremony by Trevor Boyd and Brandi Medley.
MacMillan noted the importance of celebrating African heritage in Pictou County.
“African Nova Scotian heritage plays a very significant role in the rich cultural tapestry and diversity that has blessed Pictou County and enabled it to become a more inclusive and welcoming community,” he said.
The Theme of African Heritage Month this year is “Then and Now: Our Journey Continues.”
MacMillan said the theme highlights the importance of African Nova Scotians to the heritage and development of this province as well as their role in vibrant and dynamic communities from Sydney, to New Glasgow, to Digby, to Yarmouth, and all points in between.
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