Carrie Best

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Carrie Best
Born (1903-03-04)March 4, 1903
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Died July 24, 2001(2001-07-24) (aged 98)
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Occupation journalist
Awards Order of Canada
Order of Nova Scotia

Carrie M. Best, OC ONS (March 4, 1903 – July 24, 2001) was a Black Canadian journalist.

Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, a daughter to James and Georgina Ashe Prevoe, she married Albert T. Best in 1925. In 1943 Best confronted the racial segregation of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow. She purchased two tickets for the downstairs seating of the theatre and attempted to watch a film with her son James Calbert Best. Both were arrested and fought the charges in an attempt to challenge the legal justification of the theatre's segregation. Their case was unsuccessful and they had to pay damages to Roseland's owners. However, the experience helped motivate Carrie Best to found The Clarion in 1946, the first black-owned and published Nova Scotia newspaper. It became an important voice in exposing racism and exlorign the lives of Black Nova Scotians.[1] In the first edition of The Clarion she broke the story of Viola Desmond who also challenged racial segregation at the Roseland Theatre and whose story became a milestone human rights case in Canada.[2] In 1952 Carrie Best she started a radio show, The Quiet Corner, which was aired for 12 years. From 1968 to 1975 she was a columnist for The Pictou Advocate, a newspaper based in Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Her son James Calbert Best who helped found The Clarion went on to become a union activist, senior public servant and high commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago.

In 1977, she published an autobiography, That Lonesome Road.

In 1974, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Officer in 1979. She was posthumously awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2002.[3] She is commemorated on a postage stamp issued by Canada Post on February 1, 2011.[4]

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  1. ^ Mainstreet, CBC Radio Halifax, January 19, 2015
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  3. ^ "Order of Nova Scotia Recipients—2002". 
  4. ^ "Carrie Best and Fergie Jenkins". Canada Post. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 

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