Hamilton Black History Council
The Hamilton Black History Council is a not-for-profit community organization whose mission is to promote, celebrate, and honor the history of people of African descent in Hamilton. We do this through engaging events, programs, and initiatives such as the Reverend John C Holland Awards and Hamilton’s Black History Month Launch.
The Council’s work is guided by four pillars of our community: celebration, connection, education, and empowerment. These pillars are reflected in the accomplishments and efforts of Black leaders and residents of Hamilton over many years and serve as the base upon which we continue to build our collective impact.
Since 1996, HBHC has provided over 270 scholarships and awards to Black youth through the Reverend John C Holland Awards and other platforms. In addition to elevating our community through awards and showcasing our past and living Black history, the Council is responsive to the needs of the youth and families of our community. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HBHC launched the Education Assistance Program, which has supported 45 youth through difficulties that they have faced in pursuing post-secondary education.
Hamilton Black History Council Board of Directors (left to right):
Doreen Johnson, Terri Bedminster, Jeff Holland, Marlene Thomas, Nicole Virgin, Corey Grant, Michael Highgate