Portia White was a contralto and the first African-Canadian concert singer to achieve international fame. White was considered one of the best classical singers of the 20th century. In 1999, Canada Post issued a stamp bearing her image. In 1995, White was named a “person of national historic significance” by the Government of Canada in95.
- Who was Portia White and what was her significance in Canadian history?
- What challenges did Portia White face as a Black female singer in Canada during the mid-20th century?
- How did Portia White work to break down barriers for Black Canadians in the performing arts?
- What was Portia White's operatic repertoire and what themes did she often sing about?
- How did Portia White's performances help to change public perceptions of Black Canadians?
- How did Portia White's achievements inspire future generations of Black Canadians in the performing arts?
- What was the impact of Portia White's performances on audiences both in Canada and internationally?
- How did Portia White use her platform to address issues of race and discrimination?
- What were some of the accomplishments of Portia White during her lifetime?
- How is the legacy of Portia White remembered and celebrated today?
- What is the importance of Portia White doing a special command performance for Queen
- What is a contralto and why is it important for Canadians to know that African-Canadians perform in this role as well as others?
- What occupations have few African-Canadians involved in them and why is it important to have more? Select an occupation and explain your opinion.