Friday, 12 February 2010

Black History Month FYI




With the Olympics starting today, I thought I would honour a Canadian athlete. In my search I came across an athlete whose name was a distant memory from past explorations in Canadian history from a Black perspective. He's not an Olympian (winter or summer), but he is an athlete of note.

GEORGE DIXON is the first Black world boxing champion AND the first ever Canadian-born boxing champion. Born in Africville, Nova Scotia in 1870, George was known as "Little Chocolate"; he stood 5 foot 3 inches tall. You can find out more about George and other Nova Scotian athletes by visiting: http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=8554

Sources:
Black Past http://www.blackpast.org/?q=tree/Boxing/Boxing

Canada Sports Hall of Fame: http://www.cshof.ca/accessible/hm_profile.php?i=235

Our Roots/Nos Racine
(http://www.ourroots.ca/

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