Carrie Best is a Canadian activist, author, journalist, publisher, and broadcaster who is the subject of the Google Doodle for December 17, 2021. Her record of influential accomplishments, including co-founding The Clarion—one of the first Nova Scotian newspapers owned and operated by Black Canadians. The Doodle illustrated by Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based guest artist Alexis Eke remembers her humanitarian efforts which earned her a Member of the Order of Canada in 1974, and subsequently became an Officer of the Order of Canada on this day in 1979.
Carrie Best Parents, Husband & Children
Carrie was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia to James and Georgina Ashe Prevoe. She decided from a young age to refuse racial stereotypes and immerse herself in historical and literary works written by Black Canadians and African-Americans after being encouraged by her parents to take pride in her heritage
In 1925, she married Albert T. Best. Together, they had one son, named James Calbert Best in 1926. They would later adopt 4 foster children.
Carrie Best Fight for Racial Injustice in Canada
Best was arrested in 1943 for sitting in the “whites only” section of New Glasgow’s Roseland Theatre—an act of protest against the forcible removal of several Black teens who attempted to sit there only days before. She then sued the theatre based on racial discrimination but lost the case. Her drive for equal rights was only strengthened by this event.
In 1946, she founded The Clarion to publish news by and for the nation’s Black community. In 1952, Best established her own radio show titled “The Quiet Corner,” where she broadcast music and read poetry often relating to human rights for the next 12 years. Best was also a strong advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples.
Carrie Best Death & Cause
Best passed away in 2001 at the age of 98 of natural causes in her hometown New Glasgow.
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Émilie du Châtelet was a French natural philosopher and mathematician during the early 1730s until her death due to complications during childbirth in 1749. Google dedicated its Doodle to du Châtelet on her 315th birthday on December 17, 2021.