2013 News and Events
Reception Honors Black Community
28 February 2013
Consul General Andrew Parker and his wife, Sheryn Hylton-Parker, hosted a reception in honor of Montreal’s Round Table on Black History Month 2013 Laureates. Over 60 guests attended, including many Laureates and representatives from the Round Table, NGOs and the business and academic communities. “This event marks the continuation of what has become a tradition of collaboration with the Round Table, a tradition dear to the U.S. Consulate General Montreal. For the sixth consecutive year, we celebrate Black History Month together. Tonight, we highlight your contributions to the creation of our modern society. We also celebrate your successes, your activism as we confront the complex challenges of our time, and your important role in building solid foundations for a safe, prosperous, fair and inclusive future”, said Andrew Parker, U.S. Consul General in Montreal.
We have partnered with Montreal’s Round Table on Black History Month for several years, and this reception closed an exciting month of partnership, including our support for the #MLK50 exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech at Place des Arts. Later in the month we also organized a student visit of the exhibit with the exhibit’s co-curator, Steve Smith for the graduating class from the École primaire Lambert-Closse.
Since 1970, each February in the United States, African American History Month honors the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles — slavery, prejudice, poverty — as well as their rich contributions to our nation. Since 2007, Quebec officially recognizes Black History Month.