Scholastic Canada Biography Black History Pack
Celebrate Black History Month with these two great illustrated biographies: Meet Viola Desmond and Meet Willie O'Ree.
These easy to read picture book biographies use simple text and full-colour, comic-style illustrations to help engage kids with history!
This pack includes the Scholastic Canada Biography books:
- Meet Willie O'Ree
- Meet Viola Desmond
Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond:
On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the "unofficial" whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre... and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola's legacy, which has been finally honoured by Viola's inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill.
Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Willie O'Ree:
On January 18, 1958, Willie O'Ree made history as the first black player in the NHL when he suited up with the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens. O'Ree went on to play a total of 45 games with the Bruins, a remarkable achievement considering what he overcame to get there.
In addition to dealing with racism, bigotry and name-calling, Willie lived with a secret disability: he was blind in one eye... a fact he had to keep to himself, or he'd never play in the NHL. Thanks to his relentless positivity and love of the game, Willie's time with the Bruins was only one of his many achievements in hockey. This wonderful book is a celebration of his life from childhood to playing career, to his later work as an ambassador for NHL diversity, and to his eventual induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.