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Black Canadian History Quiz: Test Yourself

Posted in Black Canadian History, Black Firsts by the woyingi blogger on May 29, 2011

The following quiz was published in the Ottawa Citizen. I have made some updates and corrections-The Woyingi Blogger

Background: February is Black History Month. Test your knowledge of the significant contributions made by Canadian blacks in this quiz prepared by the black history committee of Ottawa. Answers, in bold, follow the questions.

THE ARTS

1. This internationally recognized artist was appointed artistic director of the prestigious Ballet British Colombia.

John Alleyne

2. This renowned Canadian singer-songerwriter was the first black Canadian to achieve major international success in popular music.

Dan Hill

3. This jazz composer and pianist has received numerous awards including Juno and Grammy awards. He was also named a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Oscar Peterson

4. This Jamaican born, African-Canadian artist received Juno awards for her albums Revolutionary Tea Party and Conditions Critical.

Lillian Allen

5. She came to Canada in 1967, has been active in women’s groups and jazz music. She is also the creator of Jazz message and Black Arts production.

Ayanna Black

6. She was in a singing group called “Andy and the Bey sisters” .

Salome Bey

7. Who was the founding director of Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop?

John Antonio Cayonne aka Jamaica Johnny Cayonne

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS

1. They started one of the first black owned businesses in the Ottawa area in the 1950s.

Estelle and Herbert Brown started Brown’s Cleaners

2. This African-Canadian was the first black person to be called to the Bar in Canada.

Delos Rogest Davis

3. This first judge of African descent in Canada was Maurice Alexander Charles, in what year was he elevated to the Ontario bench?

1969

EDUCATION

1. What world leader, frequently in the news throughout the summer and fall of 1994, studied at the University of Montreal in the 1980s?

Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

2. Marcus Garvey is renowned for his back to Africa ideology. His son Julius studied in Canada and graduated with a medical degree. What Canadian university did he attend?

McGill

3. In 1952 he became Toronto’s first black public school teacher. He served as principal at various schools from 1966 to 1986.

Wilson O. Brooks, who was one of the first black commissioned officers in the Royal Canadian Air Force

HISTORY AND DISCOVERIES

1. One of the Canadian West’s best known black settlements was established at Amber Valley, east of Athabaska, Alberta, by this 22 year old man.

Jefferson Davis Edwards

2. This African American arrived in Canada in 1825 from Virginia and formed Ontario’s first Baptist Church.

Elder Washington

3. Many blacks were among the Loyalists who fled the United States after the American Revolution. In which area of Canada did most settle?

Some black loyalists settled in Upper Canada (Ontario), however the majority settled in Nova Scotia.

4. What is the Underground Railroad and what is its significance in the settlement of Canada?

The term refers to a secret operation to help slaves in the Southern U.S. escape slavery for freedom in some northern States and Canada. A large number of the slaves who travelled on the “Underground Railroad” settled in Southern Ontario, others settled in New Brunswick and Quebec.

5. In what year was slavery abolished in Canada?

In 1834 Britain abolished slavery throughout its empire, including Canada.

6. The Elgin and Dawn Settlement were two of the earlier black settlements in Ontario. Name the persons most associated with these settlements.

Josiah Henson, upon whom Harriet Beecher Stowe is believed to have based the title character of her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was one of the founders of the Dawn Settlement. The Elgin Settlement was the brainchild of Rev. William King, a Presbyterian minister.

7. Who is the first recorded black resident of Canada?

Oliver Le Jeune. He was an eight year old boy from the island of Madagascar and was the slave of David Kirk, the English privateer who attacked Quebec in 1628.

JOURNALISM AND THE MEDIA

1. This highly respected black newspaper was founded by Trinidadian-born Arnold A. Auguste in January 1978.

Share, which is now the largest ethnic publication with a readership of over 75,000.

2. This former member of the Canadian Women’s Olympic Basketball team produced a TV special in 1992 about her famed Uncle Oscar Peterson.

Sylvia Sweeney

3. This Canadian born woman was the first black to produce a TV series here.

Betty Riley

4. One of the first black newspapers in Canada was published by Henry Bibb at Sandwich Ontario between 1851 and 1853.

The Voice of the Fugitive

LANDMARKS AND SITES

1. What important monument to black civilization is located in Amherstburg, Ontario?

The North American Black History Museum

MATHS & SCIENCES

1. During his lifetime he patented more than 50 discoveries; his first in 1871. Name him.

Elijah McCoy

MEDICINE

1. Dr. Anderson Ruffin was the first black Canadian to graduate from medical school in 1861. What medical school did he attend?

Trinity College, University of Toronto

MILITARY

1. During the war of 1812 this all black company of soldiers participated in several battles including Queenston Heights and the battle of Stoney Creek.

The Company of Colored Men

2. This Canadian of African descent was made an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by King George VI for his distinguished service in the Second World War.

Beresford Augustus Husbands

POLITICS & SOCIAL ACTIVISM

1. Who was the first African Canadian to be elected mayor in Canada?

Dr. Monestime Saint Firmin who was elected mayor of Mattawa, Ontario in 1974.

2. This black woman coordinated the first National Congress on Black Women in Canada.

Kay Livingstone. Born in London, Ontario, Livingstone travelled across the country, contacting organizations for women of color and informing them of their rights. She was also a successful radio broadcaster on CBC and CFTR.

3. In 1959, this man became the first black Canadian to run for the Ontario Legislature.

Stanley G. Grizzle. Grizzle was defeated in the election and four years later Leonard Braithwaite became the first black elected to the Ontario Legislature. He also held a post with the Ontario Ministry of Education.

4. What do these six Canadians of African descent-Isaac Phills, Harry Winston Jerome, Oscar Peterson, Winslow A.S. Case, William White and Dr. Carrie Best-have in common?

They have all received the Order of Canada.

SPORTS

1. Who was the first Canadian baseball player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

Ferguson Jenkins

2. This black Canadian is a Vezina Trophy winner and a member of five Stanley Cup winners with the Edmonton Oilers. Who is he?

Grant Fuhr

3. Who became the first Canadian woman to run the 800 metres race in less than 2 minutes in 1990?

Charmaine Crooks

Further Reading:

Canadian African Heritage Month Document available online

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  1. InsideJourneys said, on May 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I’m embarrassed to say I got less than half right!
    Thanks for posting this.
    Marcia
    http://insidejourneys.com

  2. Vuyo said, on June 10, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Ouch,I only knew 5 questions. Yikes!


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