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  Heritage is what binds people together. History is the
  collective lesson of a people's triumphs and troubles. At
  its best, it can be a roadmap of past progress that can
  speed up the journey toward a better tomorrow. African
  Heritage Month, which begins February 1, should be more than
  a time to appreciate the struggles and successes of
  ancestors. It should be a time of reflecting on the past to
  search for ways of straightening the path to a more just
  future for people of all colours. 
  Throughout the 1950's and 1960's, black men and women across
  North America risked their jobs, their homes and indeed
  their lives, to make a better world for future generations.
  Today in Nova Scotia, black and white people are the
  beneficiaries of their courage. We must ensure the progress
  of history continues. Our government remains determined to
  continue to beat down the walls of intolerance and
  misunderstanding that stand in the way of progress for all
  Nova Scotians. 
  Educating the young, arming them with the courage to reject
  stereotyping and racism can be the most powerful weapon in
  the war against racism. Our government's anti-racism policy
  extends from the classroom to the boardrooms of power.
  Children are now taught to examine the content of character
  and reject those who refuse to look beyond the colour of
  skin. Provincial public servants are trained in race
  relations and the benefits of employment equity. The Black
  Business Initiative is helping to reduce the number of black
  Nova Scotians who are without the dignity of a job. We are
  determined to be a government that is a shaft of light,
  splitting the darkness leading all Nova Scotians to a
  brighter, more equitable future. 
  Black Nova Scotians are beginning to take their rightful
  places at the tables where decisions are made. The time has
  come for more blacks to step forward and become more
  involved in community groups, municipal, provincial and
  federal arenas. 
  History is made by those who participate in the great
  decisions and take the big risks. We ask every Black Nova
  Scotian to use this month as a time to decide how they can
  do their share to improve their community and their
  province. The result could be that in future years, during
  future African Heritage Months, we can look back and say
  1996 was a year of acceleration on the journey to a better
  Premier John Savage
  Environment Minister Wayne Adams
  jlw                     Jan. 26, 1996       6:30 p.m.