S2E2 - Black History in Canada: Four Historical Figures

February 26, 2019

About the Episode

This week, we celebrate Black History Month by profiling the lives and achievements of four Black Canadians: Mary-Joseph Angelique, Portia White, Violet King Henry, and Albert Jackson.


“About Black History Month.” Government of Canada. Accessed January 30, 2019, https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month/about.html.

Bailie, Rachel K. “Minority of One: Violet King’s Entry to the Legal Profession.” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 24 (2012): 301-327.

“Black History Month.” History.com. January 14, 2010, https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month.

“Breaking the Chains: Albert Jackson Report.” Harriet Tubman Institute. 2012. http://breakingthechains.tubmaninstitute.ca/sites/breakingthechains.tubmaninstitute.ca/files/Albert%20Jackson%20Report.pdf

Brennan, Brian. “Prairie Roots: Calgary-Born Violet King Henry the First Black Woman to Practise Law in Canada.” Calgary Herald, November 02, 1996.

Cooper, Afua. “Marie-Joseph Angélique,” February 18, 2014. The Canadian Encyclopedia. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/marie-joseph-angelique.

Edeh, Uchenna. “Black Canadian History: An Interview with Dr. Afua Cooper.” April 27, 2014. http://kentakepage.com/interview-with-dr-afua-cooper/.

Goodall, Lian. Singing Towards the Future: The Story of Portia White. Toronto: Napoleon Publishing, 2004.

“‘It’s a beautiful stamp’: Canada Post honours 1st black mail carrier.” January 26, 2019. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/commemorative-stamp-honours-great-great-grandfather-of-ottawa-poet-laureate-1.4993597.

Nurse, Donna Bailey. “The Life of Portia White.” In What’s a Black Critic to Do?: Interviews, Profiles and Reviews of Black Writers, edited by Donna Bailey Nurse, 63-65. Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2003.

“Portia White.” Historica Canada. Accessed February 3, 2019. http://blackhistorycanada.ca/arts.php?themeid=22&id=2.

Teotonio, Isabel. “Canada Post to issue stamp honouring Albert Jackson the country’s first Black postman.” Toronto Star. November 11, 2018. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/11/11/canada-post-to-issue-stamp-honouring-albert-jackson-the-countrys-first-black-postman.html.

Trattrie, Jon. “Africville.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Accessed January 30, 2019. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/africville.

Warner, Andrea. “CBC Music Heritage Moments: Portia White sings.” CBC Music. February 2, 2018. https://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/11959/cbc-music-heritage-moments-portia-white-sings.26


Hosts: Robin Mullins, Nick Bridges, Kierstin Stewart

Researchers: Dahay Daniel, Leanne Gaudet, Anna Kuntz, Kierstin Stewart

Audio Editing: Emily Cuggy

Image Credit: Portia White. Photograph by Yousuf Karsh. Yousuf Karsh fonds / Library and Archives Canada / Accession 1987-054, Item 9695 / e010751717