Category: TGBP in North America

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Austin Clarke


Austin Ardinel Chesterfield Clarke, CM OOnt (born July 26, 1934), is a Canadian novelist, essayist and short story writer who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He has been called “Canada’s first multicultural writer” Biography Born in St. James, Barbados, Clarke had his early education there and taught at […]

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William Hall (VC)


William Edward Hall[1] VC (28 April 1827 – 27 August 1904) was the first black person, first Nova Scotian, and third Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross. He received the medal for his actions in the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion. Hall […]

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Donovan Bailey


Donovan Bailey (born December 16, 1967) is a retired Canadian sprinter, who once held the world record for the 100 metres race following his gold medal performance in the 1996 Olympic Games. He was the first Canadian to legally break the 10-second barrier in the 100 m. Particularly noted for […]

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Anderson Ruffin Abbott


Anderson Ruffin Abbott, M.D. (7 April 1837 – 29 December 1913) was the first Black Canadian to be a licensed physician. His career included participation in the American Civil War and attending the deathbed of Abraham Lincoln. Early life Abbott was born in Toronto as […]

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Ferguson Jenkins


Ferguson Arthur “Fergie” Jenkins, Jr., CM (born December 13, 1942)[1] is a Canadian former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He was a three-time All-Star and the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner. In 1991, Jenkins became the first Canadian to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. […]

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Oscar Emmanuel Peterson


Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, OOnt (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington, but simply “O.P.” by his friends.[1][2] He released over 200 recordings, won eight Grammy Awards, […]

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Christopher Gardner


Christopher Paul “Chris” Gardner (born February 9, 1954) is an American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher, Jr.[1] Gardner’s book of memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, […]

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Richard Pryor


Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer and MC.[15] Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed colorful, vulgar and profane language, as well as racial epithets. […]

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Chris Rock


Christopher Julius “Chris” Rock III[6] (born February 7, 1965)[7][8] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. He was voted in the US as the 5th greatest stand-up comedian of all time by Comedy Central.[9] He was also […]

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Tyler Perry


Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr. September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and author.[1]Already a successful artist in Southern theatre, Perry began to make national celebrity status in 2005 with the release of his first movie,Diary of […]

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Malcolm X


Malcolm X (pronounced /ˈmælkəm ˈɛks/; May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz[1] (Arabic: الحاجّ مالك الشباز‎), was an African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist.[2][3][4][5]To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate […]

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Usain Bolt


Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ, C.D. (pronounced /ˈjuːseɪn/;[7] born 21 August 1986), is a Jamaican sprinter and a three-time World and Olympicgold medalist. He is the world record and Olympic record holder in the 100 metres, the 200 metres and (along with his teammates) the4 x 100 metres […]