February 10, 2014
Peel board recognizes anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from imprisonment
Throughout the month of February, students, staff and parents from across Peel participate in activities to honour Black History Month and commemorate the many achievements and contributions made by black Canadians.
Black History Month also includes an important milestone—February 11 is the 24th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from South African prison after 27 years of imprisonment. Following his release, and as leader of the African National Congress, Mandela went on to become President of South Africa in that country's first democratic election in 1994. In that election, all the people of South Africa were given the right to vote for the first time. Nelson Mandela passed away in December 2013, but his life and legacy continue to be celebrated in schools across the Peel board.