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Posted 2013-02-27T00:54:01Z

One of my favorite writers...

Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated author, poet and activist whose books include seven novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. She’s best known for The Color Purple, the 1983 novel for which she won the Pulitzer Prize—the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction—and the National Book Award. The award-winning novel served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film and was adapted for the stage, opening at New York City’s Broadway Theatre in 2005, and capturing a Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical in 2006.[...]

Posted 2013-02-26T01:48:42Z


Donovan Bailey is one of the greatest sprinters of all time. As someone who held the world record for the 100 metres, and the title of World Champion and Olympic Champion, it is not surprising that Track and Field News named him “Athlete of the Decade” in the 100 metres, and that the rest of us knew him as “The World’s Fastest Man.”[...]

Posted 2013-02-24T21:50:41Z

Dedicated to helping others...

Rosemary Brown came to Canada from her native Jamaica in 1950 to attend McGill University in Montreal. First elected to the British Columbia legislature in 1972, she served until her retirement in 1986. She also ran for the leadership of the federal New Democratic Party in 1974.[...]

Posted 2013-02-23T23:14:33Z


Larry McLarty came to Canada with experience as a Jamaican Constabulary Force officer, but after arriving in Toronto, he worked various jobs as a railway porter, a catalogue book packer, a night cleaner, and in a hospital kitchen.[...]

Posted 2013-02-22T20:29:07Z

She walks the talk...

Very humble for all she has done & is doing, Dawnmarie graciously shared some of 'Herstory' with me. 

Dawnmarie Harriott's hometown: Mandeville, Jamaica.  Very proud of her roots, she moved here at a young age & now lives in Richmond Hill.[...]

Posted 2013-02-21T18:14:36Z

Making a difference now....

Lori Seale-Irving was born and raised in Ottawa. Her father was a Royal Canadian Air Force Officer (retired Major), so she grew up on a military base. Wanting a career that would allow her to help people in her community, Seale-Irving joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in 1990. Her career has included many postings, including some in sections devoted to general duty policing, war crimes, marine security, Prime Minister’s protection and management support.[...]

Posted 2013-02-21T01:19:22Z

Powerful singer....

Measha Brueggergosman (née Gosman) was born to Anne Eatmon and Sterling Gosman in Fredericton, New Brunswick, becoming at least the eighth generation of her family in Canada. At the time of the American War of Independence, African Americans were offered their freedom if they fought for the British, and many accepted, heading to Canada—especially the Maritime provinces.[...]

Posted 2013-02-20T00:41:58Z

R&B singer...

Born July 13, 1974, in Toronto, to parents who hailed from Guyana, South America, Deborah Cox showed musical talent as early as age three. By age 12 she was singing in television commercials. Attending Earl Haig Collegiate by day, she was escorted to talent competitions and auditions by her mom, and in the evening, was performing in nightclubs or writing music. She met Lascelles Stephens, who shared her love of music and supported her interest and wanted her to succeed. Although she repeatedly tried to have her music, heavily influenced by rhythm and blues, recorded under Canadian labels, her attempts failed. Like many before her, she headed to Los Angeles, with her producer and partner, Lascelles to seek her fortune.[...]

Posted 2013-02-18T17:09:00Z

The "real McCoy"...

Born in Colchester, Ontario, to self-freed parents from Kentucky, Elijah McCoy received his higher education as a mechanical engineer in Scotland. After his training, he chose to live in Detroit, Michigan, where he became concerned about the injuries and deaths caused when workers attempted to lubricate moving machinery. Many of these workers were young Black boys employed in the position because they were small and agile. McCoy developed a self-lubricating device with a drip cup, which revolutionized industry. The device allowed the gradual and constant release of oil, which allowed machines to work continuously without having to be stopped to be lubricated—and without anyone having to risk life and limb to apply oil while machines remained in operation. The device had a range of applications, from locomotives to industry.[...]

Posted 2013-02-18T00:24:42Z


Anderson Abbott belonged to the first generation of his affluent, free family to be born in Toronto. His parents had to leave Alabama abruptly for their own safety, and after briefly settling in New York, they chose Toronto as their home. Due to his family's involvements and wealth—they owned almost 50 properties in the Toronto area— Abbott was educated at North Buxton (near Chatham), the Toronto Academy, Oberlin College and the Toronto School of Medicine. Following a supervised placement with another Black doctor, Alexander Augusta, Abbott was licensed in 1861, becoming the first Canadian-born Black doctor in Canada.[...]