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Social activist, educator and nurse, Geraldine Browning, was a founding member and past president of the Black Cultural Society. She received an honorary doctorate from #AcadiaU in 2014, and was invested into the Order of Nova Scotia in 2017. #AfricanHeritageMonth
Ted Upshaw (’80), #AcadiaU star basketball player and member of the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame. Upshaw led the Axemen to four national championship appearances before bringing home the title in 1976-77. He was the first African Canadian to be a commissioned inspector in the RCMP. Learn more: http://qoo.ly/mhr7u #AfricanHeritageMonth
Sylvia Hamilton (’72) is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, community activist and educator. She is known for her documentaries highlighting African Nova Scotians. She is a professor of journalism at University of King’s College and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Acadia in 2010. #AfricanHeritageMonth
Donald Oliver (’60) graduated with honours in history with a minor in philosophy and English literature and served as Class valedictorian. He is a member of the Queen’s Council and served in the Canadian Senate from 1990-2013. #AfricanHeritageMonth
Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris (’55) is the Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor Emeritus of Christian Social Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctorate from #AcadiaU in 1990 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 for his work in the theological community. Learn more: http://qoo.ly/mb87j #AfricanHeritageMonth
Rev. Dr. William Pearly Oliver (Class of 1934 and 1936) served as pastor of the Cornwallis Street Baptist Church in Halifax from 1937 to 1962. Oliver was a founding member of the NSAACP, was awarded an honorary doctorate from #AcadiaU (’77) and was an Order of Canada recipient (’84). Learn more: http://qoo.ly/m7r76 #AfricanHeritageMonth
William A. White (Class of 1903) was a #AcadiaU student-athlete and only the second person of colour to be accepted into Acadia. He served as pastor of the all-black 2nd Construction Battalion of Nova Scotia during WWI, the only black commissioned officer in the entire British army. He was the first African Nova Scotian to be awarded an honorary doctorate from #AcadiaU (1936). Learn more: http://qoo.ly/m67ir #AfricanHeritageMonth