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Civil rights activist Carrie Best

February is Black History Month. In Canada, it's a time to celebrate the achievements of black Canadians and reflect on their experiences throughout our past. CBC Digital Archives has pulled together a selection of radio and TV clips that honour black history — some of which exemplify the racism blacks have had to endure and overcome, both in Canada and around the world, while others highlight the remarkable accomplishments of extraordinary people.

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Intelligence, patience, a lot of prayer and a lot of forgiveness -- those are the "weapons" that Carrie Best has relied on all her life to fight racism.  As we hear in this 1991 interview with Jim Nunn on the CBC television program 1st Edition, the 88-and-a-half-year-old civil rights activist, who was awarded the Order of Canada for her life-long work, is still ready and willing to take responsibility for her part in the fight for equality.
• Carrie Best was born in New Glasgow, N.S., in 1903, and died in July 2001.

• In 1946 she founded the Clarion, a newspaper designed to reach the black citizens of New Glasgow.  It was also the first newspaper in Nova Scotia to be published by a black owner.  From 1968 to 1985 she wrote a column about human rights for the Pictou Advocate.

• In 1954 she began her own radio show, The Quiet Corner, which aired on CBC Radio out of Halifax. It was a program of poetry and music and lasted for 12 years.

• During her lifetime, Best was granted many awards and distinctions for her work in furthering race relations, including member of the Order of Canada in 1974, a Harry Jerome Award in 1986, and honourary doctorates from Saint Francis Xavier University and the University of King's College.
Medium: Television
Program: 1ST Edition
Broadcast Date: July 26, 1991
Guest: Carrie Best
Interviewer: Jim Nunn
Length: 9:54

Last updated: February 5, 2014

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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