Black History Month At Grace Church

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" - Grace Church Parishioners
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Sung by Grace Church Parishioners

During Black History Month Service on
February 26, 2017

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" is often referred to as the "Black American National Anthem". It was written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) in 1899 and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873–1954) in 1905.
It is one of the authorized hymns in the Episcopal hymnal.

Canadian Black History Month Videos

Black Loyalist Richard Pierpoint and his role in the War of 1812
The Victoria Rifles was formed in 1860 by Sir James Douglas, the first black Governor of British Columbia. The Rifles were one of British Columbia's first military defense units comprised of Canadian black men only. 
William Hall became the first Canadian sailor, the first Nova Scotian and the first black person to receive the Victoria Cross.
 The Number 2 (No. 2) Construction Battalion was Canada's military unit made of black men who served the country proudly during the First World War (WWI).
Elijah McCoy was one of the most prolific black inventors of the 19th Century with more than 57 inventions to his credit and from whom we get the expression, "The Real McCoy".
Carrie M. Best, OC ONS , journalist and social activist, she was a the first black-owner and publisher of a Nova Scotia newspaper
Viola Desmond, a black Canadian entrepreneur who challenged segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940s
"Wade In The Water" is among spiritual songs believed to have been sung to communicate secret code messages to escaping slaves. 
Black History Month At Grace


During the month of February, Grace Church celebrated Black History with an observance each Sunday.


On Sunday, February 26th there was a special service dedicated to and focused on Black History Month and Black Heritage at Grace Church in Markham.