February 1, 2018

United Conservatives celebrate Black History Month

United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney has issued the following statement to mark the beginning of Black History Month:

“Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, an opportunity to learn about the past and present contributions of Albertans who trace their heritage to Africa and the Caribbean.

“Throughout Alberta’s history, members of the community made significant contributions to building our cities and towns, growing our industries, and shaping our identity.

“Alberta’s diversity is her greatest strength, and Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of a community that has played a vital role throughout not only Alberta’s history, but Canada’s history.

“This month is an opportunity to for Albertans to learn about great Canadians like Alberta pioneer, rancher, and cowboy John Ware, and Violet King Henry, the first black person to graduate from law school in Alberta, be admitted to the Alberta Bar Association, and to practice law in Canada.

“Throughout the month of February, I encourage all Albertans to take some time to learn about the community’s history in our province, the contributions made, all an integral part of a strong and vibrant Alberta.”