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  1. Senior Choir is today at 12:00 lunch recess in Mme iampen’s room. See you there!

Black History Month

Eleanor Ruth Collins, C.M. (1919-)

Known as Canada’s first lady of jazz, Eleanor Collins, C.M., was born in Edmonton on November 21, 1919, to Estella Cowen Proctor and Richard Proctor, parents who were Black pioneers. Her family was part of the historic migration of African Americans from Oklahoma to the Canadian prairies. The legendary singer developed her musical talents singing gospel music in church and performing for her extended family. During such reunions, they shared stories about their backgrounds, identities, and transborder experiences escaping Jim Crow and racial segregation in the United States, only to experience racism and discrimination in Canada. At age-15 she won a singing contest and was featured on CFRN radio.


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