February 1st marks the start of Black History Month, in which we celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have done so much to help make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today.
This year, The Beat 92.5 is celebrating by placing a spotlight on local talent starting with author and activist Akilah Newton, who released the children’s book Movers, Shakers, History Makers: The Canadian Black History Book of Rhymes.
You might remember seeing her work on our social media feeds last year but for the unfamiliar, Movers, Shakers, History Makers is the follow-up to her first book, Big Dreamers: The Canadian Black History Activity Book— and like that book, it offers children a fun and engaging way to learn about dozens of prominent Black Canadians throughout history such as Carrie Best, Elijah McCoy, and Oscar Peterson, to name just a few.
“Black History is Canadian history and world history, Akilah says. “It should be taught, celebrated and embraced year-round. Black History Month needs to go beyond February”.
To learn more about Akilah, we recommend following her on Instagram.
Movers, Shakers, History Makers: The Canadian Black History Book of Rhymes can be found at your local bookstore, or you can purchase it online.
Source: Akilah Newton