Perfect for Black History Month or any time of year!
Schools love it!
Sheila's grandfather, Rev. Captain Dr. William "Andrew" White, a leader of No. 2 Construction Battalion during the First World War, and his children, went on to accomplish incredible things in their lives as Canadians. Sheila tells the fascinating tale of family members who are nationally recognized persons of historic interest, including Portia White, the famous Canadian contralto who achieved world fame in the 1940s and Sheila's late father Bill, a decorated humanitarian.
l-r. Sheila's father, grandfather and aunt, were among Canadian White Family members to achieve greatness as descendants of American slaves. Also included on this illustrious list are retired Senator Donald Oliver and decorated Canadian poet and author, Prof. George Elliott Clarke.
RENOWNED MINISTER LED AN ALL-BLACK CANADIAN BATTALION IN WW1.
My brothers, sister, and uncle all performed on this great song by my brother, Chris White,an Ottawa folk music notable.
CANADIAN SINGER TOURED THE WORLD IN THE 1940s.
LISTEN TO PORTIA
A RARE RECORDING, 1966