Judy L.

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto West Regional Fair

Carrie Best

Carrie Best is a woman who used her courage, intelligence, and voice to stand up to racial discrimination. She co founded the first newspaper in Nova Scotia to be owned by Black Canadians, yet the number of people who know about her is still minimal.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

After her newspaper, she didn't stop writing. Hired by another company, the Pictou Advocate, Best went on to showcase the importance of Aboriginal rights in a weekly column. As a result, not only did Carrie Best promote Black rights, but also included the significance of Aboriginals.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

What Carrie Best experienced and did to challenge discrimination was bold. As a Black woman, standing up for what she believed in was no easy task in her time. She's the ideal paragon for everyone to learn about how no matter what race, gender or age you are, you can defy what others label impossible.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Carrie Best was born in 1903. During that time, racial discrimination was frequent and cruel. Carrie Best had to endure that with the rest of the Black communities that were limited from choice and freedom. Nowadays, discrimination isn't as harsh thanks to the many advocates, including Carrie Best herself, who took the risk so that equality would be a reality