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Wed, 03.04.1903

Carrie Best, Writer, and Publisher born

Carrie Best

*Carrie Best was born on this date in 1903. She was a Black Canadian writer, publisher and activist.

From New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, she graduated from high school in the 1920's after graduation; she married her husband Albert Best. Together they had three children, a son Calbert and two girls Sharyn and Berma.  Best was extremely involved in the community, raising awareness about human rights issues.

Carrie Best became a publisher in Nova Scotia when she and her son created the Clarion, the first Black newspaper in Nova Scotia.  She researched all her own articles, many of which were about discrimination in public places such as restaurants, hotels and theatres.  She also incorporated environment and labor issues into her articles. The paper stopped running in 1956, but this did not stop Best from writing.  She continued to summit articles to the Nova Scotia Gleaner, the Halifax Herald, and the Pictou Advocate where she had a regular column.  She also had a successful radio show called "The Quiet Corner", that ran for twelve years on five radio stations across the province. She produced and narrated the show, in which she read from novels and poems.

Eventually she wrote her autobiography, 'That Lonesome Road,' which was published by her own publishing company. Best became the promoter of the "Kay Livingstone Visible Minority Women's Society of Nova Scotia" shortly after the untimely death of its original founder, Kay Livingstone. she was also the provincial coordinator for this organization. She then decided to revive the Clarion and it was republished in 1992. Best's list of accomplishments and contributions to the betterment of society are many. Her determination began when she was a child and was encouraged by great role models like her mother. She became a role model herself, a voice for those who could not speak for themselves. In September 2001, at the age of 98, Carrie Best died in her hometown of New Glasgow.

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