Black History Month – Rose Fortune

Rose Fortune Occupations: Businesswoman Police Officer Rose Fortune (March 13, 1774 – February 20, 1864) was born into slavery in the British colony of Virginia. Her family escaped slavery during the American Revolution and settled in Annapolis Royal as part of the Black Loyalist migration when Rose was 10 years old. In 1825, she started her own business, carting luggage...
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Black History Month – Harry Jerome

Harry Jerome Occupation: Athlete Harry Jerome (1940–1982) also known as Mr. Canada held many achievements in the Olympics in the 1960’s. He received the world record in several different track events and continued to receive his Master’s degree in Physical Education in his post-athletic career. After Harry’s athletic career he was invited by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau t...
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Black History Month – Measha Brueggergosman

Measha Brueggergosman Occupations: Opera Singer Concert Artist Stage Actress Measha Brueggergosman (born in 1977) grew up singing in the choir of her local church in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Brueggergosman pursued her musical interests with both vocal and piano lessons. She attended the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Music and continued to Düssel...
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Black History Month – Zanana Akande

Zanana Akande Occupations: Teacher Principal Journalist Politician Cabinet Minister Zanana L. Akande (born in 1937) is a former Canadian politician. She was the first Black woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the first Black woman to serve as a cabinet minister in Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the Univers...
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Black History Month – Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond Occupations: Businesswoman Beautician Viola Desmond (July 6, 1914 – February 7, 1965) was a Nova Scotian business woman who challenged racial discrimination at a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946. She had trained as a teacher but soon joined her husband, Jack Desmond, in a combined barbershop and hairdressing salon. While expanding her busines...
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Black History Month – Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison Occupations: NASA Astronaut Physician Professor Dr. Mae Jemison (born in 1956) is the first African-American female astronaut. Jemison graduated from Chicago's Morgan Park High School in 1973 and entered Stanford University at age 16.  She graduated from Stanford in 1977, receiving a B.S. in chemical engineering and fulfilling the requirements for a B.A. i...
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