In 1995, after a motion by politician Jean Augustine, representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore in Ontario, Canada’s House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month.

During Black History Month, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black people and their communities. Members of the Carleton community mark this month annually in a variety of ways.

While Black History Month is an important moment to mark annually, Carleton recognizes that Black inclusion must be an everyday, year-round priority.

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Teraanga Commons

Carleton commissioned two murals by local artist Jimmy Baptiste to celebrate the naming of Teraanga Commons, formerly known as Residence Commons. Baptiste is a graphic artist, curator and muralist who noted that majority of his projects are related to his own identity — Blackness. The mural above celebrates the new name for the building, “Teraanga,” a Senegalese word from the Wolof language means sharedness, civility and honour where generosity of spirit is emphasized.

Carleton’s Housing & Residence Life prioritizes Black student wellness by celebrating Black culture and creating inclusive spaces in Teraanga Commons, such as the Black Student Hub, where Black students can gather, connect and find support.

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