Historian one of 10 human rights award winners (Toronto)

Historians in the News

Most Torontonians are not familiar with the black experience in Canada, but for Adrienne Shadd, African-Canadian history is in her blood.

Shadd is the great-great-grandniece of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, the first black women to publish and edit a newspaper in North America.

She is also a direct descendant of Abraham Shadd, a leader of the American abolitionist movement, one of the key figures of the Underground Railroad and the first black person in Canada to serve in public office.

Wednesday night Shadd was awarded the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations at the Access, Equity & Human Rights Awards at City Hall. She was acknowledged for her work in recognizing black history in Toronto.

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