'I Was Unable to Identify with Topsy' - Carrie M. Best's Struggle Against Racial Segregation in Nova Scotia, 1942
Atlantis 22:2 (Spring 1998) 16-26.
11 Pages Posted: 20 May 2013
Date Written: 1998
This paper describes a court case that was buried in Canadian legal archives for fifty-six years. In 1942, Carrie Best brought a civil action for damages against a Nova Scotia theatre, claiming that the owners were enforcing a racially-segregated seating policy. The action was ultimately dismissed. Dr. Best, an African-Canadian who was a teacher, journalist, and founder of The Clarion (a newspaper that she began publishing in 1945) had been a long-time advocate for human rights and activist against racial discrimination and segregation in Nova Scotia. Carrie Best's decorated career as a journal and activist is public knowledge, but the history of her unsuccessful litigation calls for scrutiny. Such cases help us understand Canadian history to be deeply marked with racism.
Keywords: Canada, Nova Scotia, racism, segregation, racial, African, civil, action, history, 1900, century, historical, litigation, activist, biography, Carrie, Best, discrimination, activism, advocate, advocacy, archive, legal, law
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