Notable facts: On Sept. 5, 1883, James Dunn filed a lawsuit against the school board to allow his daughter to attend the white segregated high school; his case was unsuccessful. He was the first Black alderman in Windsor, elected in 1887.
Notable facts: Date of birth: 1937; Ontario NDP member of provincial parliament (MPP) from Sept. 6, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1994; the first Black woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the first Black woman to serve as a cabinet minister in Canada.
Notable facts: Manager of Continuing Education, St. Clair College, Windsor Campus; founding member and former president of the Essex County Black Historical Society; recipient of the ERCA John R. Park Homestead Award for Conservation 2016; recipient of the Literary Arts Leadership Award at the 2016 Windsor Endowment for the Arts.
Notable facts: Date of birth: Oct. 23, 1923; the first African-Canadian elected to the provincial legislature as the Liberal member for Etobicoke, Ontario on Sept. 12, 1963; in 1999 he was the first Black lawyer elected to be a member of the Governing Council of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Known for: Construction Batallion during the First World War
Notable facts: No. 2 Construction Batallion was formed on Jul. 5, 1916 and officially disbanded on Sept. 15, 1920. A segregated all-Black unit of the Canadian military which served in WWI; honoured with a Canada Post Black History commemorative stamp in 2016.
Notable facts: Date of birth: Sept. 16, 1923; date of death: Aug. 19, 2016; promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1976, the first Canadian of African descent to receive such an appointment. Lt. Col. Jacobs headed the social works department for the entire Canadian military worldwide.
Notable facts: Date of birth: Sept. 19, 1964; Dr. Daniel operates a lab where she focuses on cell, molecular and cancer biology. Her research has contributed greatly towards developing treatment for malignant tumours; honoured at the John C. Holland Gala Awards in 2005 for her professional achievements.
Notable facts: Date of birth: Sept. 22, 1982; freelance writer; journalist; cultural analyst who has written for The National Post, Now Toronto, Huffington Post Canada, The Ottawa Citizen and The Globe and Mail.
Notable facts: Date of death: Sept. 13, 1905; John Ware arrived in Alberta on Sept. 25, 1882. Several places in southern Alberta are named after him including Mount Ware, Ware Creek and John Ware Ridge. Calgary is home to John Ware Junior High and at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, the John Ware Building houses the Four Nines Cafeteria.
Notable facts: Date of birth: Sept. 28, 1864; date of death: Mar. 14, 1935; born in London, Ontario; the son of formerly enslaved parents who escaped to Canada; gained role in the show The Green Pastures in 1929; received the NAACP's 1930 Spingarn Medal for Distinguished Achievement; in 2003 a park was named after him in London, Ontario.
Notable facts: Date of birth: Sept. 30, 1940; date of death: Dec. 7, 1982; ran the hundred metres in 10.0 seconds (hand timed) and became the first Canadian to officially hold a world track record; the Harry Jerome Awards were established in 1983.