A Scattering of Seeds: The Creation of Canada
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Reverend William Andrew White

Born to former slaves in Southern United States, William Andrew White turned to Canada as his key to freedom. He was the second Black man accepted by Acadia University and the first to be later honoured with a Doctorate of Divinity. White graduated from Acadia in 1903 with an arts degree in theology, was ordained a minister, and spent the next two years as a traveling missionary for the African Baptist Churches of Nova Scotia.

White met and married Izie Dora White. Together they raised a family of thirteen children. In 1914, White enlisted in the second Construction Battalion, an all Black segregated unit. He was the only Black officer and chaplain for the entire British Army. A hero in his community, White returned home and was called to Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, a position he held for over 17 years. He was the first Black man to establish monthly radio broadcasts, bringing sermons to the public in Canada and Northern United States. White died at the age of 62 from cancer. His daughter Portian White, became a famous Canadian contralto.


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