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Breaking the Ice - The Mary Ann Shadd Story (5/52)


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: White Pine Pictures
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 30 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1998
Available in French: Yes

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Mary Ann Shad was an abolitionist and suffragette, the first woman newspaper editor in Canada, and the first female black lawyer in the United States. Born a free woman in 1823 in Wilmington, Delaware, she was also one of the first integrationists. She fought for abolition and education for Blacks, and she battled the segregationists. Her most enduring legacy remains that of free men and women who believe that the foundation of a community should be family and friends, not race or colour. Her belief that every individual has an equal potential for success - - with education, hard work and self reliance as the keys - - is the model of tolerance that paved the way for the Canadian mosaic. Sylvia Sweeney is the writer, director and driving force behind this inspiring portrait of Mary Ann Shad. In French: Briser la Glace: L'histoire de Mary Ann Shadd