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  NOTABLE BLACK CANADIANS
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(Listed alphabetically by last name)
Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbot
(1837 - 1913)
Canada's first licenced Physician
Wilson Ruffin Abbot
(1801 - 1876)
Successful Black businessman in Toronto. Father of  Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbot
Dr. Wayne Adams
(born 1943)
First Black Canadian member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Lincoln Alexander
(1922 - 2012)
 24th. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Jean Alfred, PH.D
(born 1940)
First Black person at the National Assembly of Quebec (PQ).
Marie-Joseph Angélique
(unknown - 1734)
Slave who was convicted and executed for burning down her owners's home in Montreal
Yvonne Atwell
(born 1943)
In 1998, Yvonne was the first African-Nova Scotian woman elected as a member of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly
Jean Augustine
(born 1937)
First Black woman in Canada's House of Commons and the first black woman in a federal Cabinet
Rev. Addie Aylestock
(1909 - 1998)
First ordained Black female Church minister in Canada.
Donovon Bailey
(born 1967)
First Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100 metre sprint
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Vivian Bardot
(born 1941)
Former Member of Parliament  and Vice-President of the Bloc Québécois.
Tyrone Benskin
Federal Member of Parliament (NDP), Jeanne-Le Ber, Quebec
Rosemary Brown
(1930 - 2003)
the first Black Canadian woman to be elected to a Canadian provincial legislature.
Mary Ann Chambers
(born 1950)
Former Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament and cabinet minister with the Liberal Party of Canada.
Gregory Charles
(born 1968)
Trinidadian-Canadian Radio Host, Television Host, classic Singer, Pianist, dancer, Actor
Ulrick Chérubin
(1943 - 2014)
 one of the first Black Canadians to be elected a Mayor in Quebec.
Senator Anne Cools
(born 1943)
First Black person appointed to Canada's Upper House
Viola Desmond
(1914 - 1965)
 Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946.

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Mathieu DaCosta
(died around 1619)
First recorded black person in Canada. Five-language interpreter, translator and explorer.
Delos Davis
(1846 - 1915)
Canada's second Black Lawyer
William Hall
(1827 - 1904)
First Canadian sailor and first black Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross.

Josiah Henson
(1789 - 1883)
Author, abolitionist, and minister,  widely believed to have inspired the character  in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin
Jarome Iginla
(born 1977)
Six-time National Hockey League All Star
Yolande James
(born 1977)
Quebec's first black female Member of the National Assembly (ex) and the first black cabinet minister in Quebec history
The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean
(born 1957)
Former Governor General of Canada
Ferguson Jenkins
(born 1942)
First Canadian to be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame and ex Harlem Globetrotter
Marlene Jennings
(born 1951)
First Black woman from Quebec to be elected to Parliament with the Liberal Party of Canada.
Harry Jerome
(1940 - 1982)
100 m Olympic Bronze medallist (1964)
Oliver Jones
(born 1934)
Jazz pianist, organist, composer and arranger.
Michael Lee-Chin
(born 1951)
CEO of AIC Limited and Chairman of the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica.
(Billionaire)
Dr. Daurene Lewis
(1943 - 2013)
First Black female Mayor in Canada
Lennox Lewis
(born 1965)
Canadian/British retired undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion
Raymond Gray Lewis
(1910 - 2003)
First Canadian-born Black Olympic track medalist.
Elijah McCoy
(1844 - 1929)
Canadian-born inventor of the automatic oiler. The phrase "The real McCoy" is attributed to him.
Trevor Payne
(born 1948)
 Canadian musician (Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir) and member of the Order of Canada
Oscar Peterson
(1925 2007)
One of the greatest pianists. Eight Grammy winning Jazz pianist and composer.
PK Subban
(born May 13, 1989)
Pernell Karl "P. K." Subban[1]  is a National Hockey League (NHL).defenceman and an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens and gold medal winner with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Robert Sutherland
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(1830 - 1878)
Canada's first Black university student and graduate and Canada's first Black lawyer.
Clement Virgo
(born 1966)
Canadian filmmaker.
John Ware
(1845 - 1905)
Black Canadian cowboy and rancher who brought the first cattle to Southern Alberta
Juanita Westmoreland Traoré (born  1942)
First Quebec Black Judge and first Black Dean of a Law School
Dr. Dorothy Wills
(born 1933)
Canada's first Black female faculty Dean
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(This is a non-static list  compiled by BlackMontreal.com and it is not comprehensive)

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