Calvin Woodrow Ruck CM (September 4, 1925 – October 19, 2004) was an anti-racism activist and a member of the Canadian Senate. He was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia; his parents were immigrants to Canada from Barbados.
Ruck's life has been documented in a book entitled "Winds of Change: Life and Legacy of Calvin W. Ruck", which was penned by his granddaughter, Lindsay Ruck.
Ruck left school after Grade 10 and worked as a labourer in Sydney and then as a porter on the Canadian National Railway from 1945 to 1958. Later Ruck owned and operated a corner store in Halifax. From 1968 to 1981, he worked as a Community Development worker with the Government of Nova Scotia.
Associations and activism
He held a number of positions within the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People and was a member for most of his adult life. In the 1950s and 1960s, he organized campaigns against businesses in the Dartmouth area, including barber shops, which refused to serve black people. He worked with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission from 1981 to 1986. He campaigned tirelessly for the Canadian Government to recognize the heroics of Jeremiah Jones during the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
1992: Awarded the Governor General's Commemorative Medal in 1992 for his work in the community.
He died at his home in Ottawa on October 19, 2004 at the age of 79.
- Canada's Black Battalion: No. 2 Construction, 1916-1920 (ISBN 0-921201-00-1)
- The black battalion : 1916-1920 : Canada's best kept military secret (ISBN 0-920852-92-0)
- Governor General of Canada: Honours. Retrieved Jan 26, 2007