A Week in Black History
1990 Nelson Mandela is released from a South African prison after being detained for 27 years as a political prisoner.
1959 Donald Fairfax of Amherst becomes the first black to be appointed to the staff of the Nova Scotia Legislature.
1818 Absolom James, the first black Episcopal priest to be ordained in the U.S.A., dies.
1817 Frederick "the Great Emancipator" Douglas is born.
v 1928 The Montreal community is served by three black doctors whose offices are in the St. Antoine Street area.
1913 Harriet Rhue composes "The Sacred Spot" which is soon adopted by the Canadian Army of the First World War as its official marching hymn.
1968 Henry Lewis is the first African-American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
1969 Contrast, Canada's leading black newspaper and one of the country's foremost weeklies published by A.W. Hamilton in Toronto goes into circulation.
1938 Mary Frances Berry, the first woman to serve as chancellor of a major research university (University of Colorado), is born in Nashville, Tennessee.
1973 Sylvester Campbell, one of the top ballet dancers in the world, stars at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
1688 The first formal protest against slavery in North America is made by the Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
1931 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison is born in Lorain, Ohio.
1919 The first Pan-African Congress meets in Paris, France.
1900 J.F. Pickering patents his airship.
1927 Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win an Academy Award in a starring role, is born in Miami, Florida.
1969 Sir Garfied Sobers, "the one-man cricket team," is reported to have scored "the sweetest 113 runs any cricket connoisseur would care to watch."