A launch for the annual African Heritage Month took place at Glasgow Square last week to a full crowd. The theme for this year’s month is Passing the Torch, which was brought up many times through speeches as well as when the new African Heritage Month poster was
unveiled.

To kick off the launch, Angela Cromwell sang the national anthem and the black national anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing. The new provincial African Heritage Month poster was unveiled by Mayor Nancy Dicks, Pictou Center MLA Pat Dunn, Minister of communities, culture and heritage and minister of African Nova Scotia Affairs, Tony Ince, as well as Crystal States, African Nova Scotia in North Central Network and Warden Robert Parker of the Municipality of the County of Pictou.

This year’s poster revealed a hand passing a torch to a smaller hand, embodying the passing of the torch theme.

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Ince first thanked the audience for all being torch bearers in one way or another.

“Let’s take a moment to talk about truth; let’s start with the truth about the torch. The truth about carrying a torch is this: it gets heavy after a long journey, and our journey has been very long and we still have a long way to go,” he said. “But we have been blessed by a history (of people) who have grabbed that torch, men and women, with both hands and held it high and carried it through some very difficult and dark times.”

Ince spoke about Viola Desmond and her struggle stemming from an incident at the Roseland Theater. He also spoke about New Glasgow’s Dr. Carrie Best and the fact that she was the reporter to break the story about Viola Desmond.

“Carrie passed the torch by giving the community the power of words in the power of information; Viola and Carey and many people throughout our proud history showed us the
truth about carrying torches,” he said.

The ceremony finished up with songs from Angela Cromwell as well as a listing of
events around the community that are taking place for African Heritage Month.

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Heather Brimicombe
Heather Brimicombe is a Pictou County native and graduate from the University of King's College in Halifax with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree as well as a combined major in Sustainability. She has previously won a Canadian Communities Newspapers award for a multimedia feature and was part of a team nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalism data award in the investigative category. Photography, art, sports and outdoor activities are all hobbies of hers as well as crafting, and baking.