Alberta authorities honours Canada’s first Black lady lawyer

Alberta government honours Canada's first Black woman lawyer

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – The Alberta government pays tribute to a woman who broke barriers in the country’s legal system.

Secretary of State for Culture, Multiculturalism and Women’s Status, Leela Aheer, was in Edmonton Friday morning to honor Violet King Henry, who became the first black man in Alberta to graduate in law and the first black man to be admitted to the bar in 1954, the first black woman attorney in Canada .

Here is Violet King Henry, admitted to the bar in June 1954, who is fulfilling her childhood dream as he tears down several barriers. #yeg #yyc #ableg

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“Violet King Henry was a pioneer who broke glass ceilings and continues to be a role model for women and girls to this day,” said Aheer, who stated that the Edmonton Federal Building Plaza will be renamed Henry.

“Violet King Henry devoted her life to fighting for black rights,” said Attorney General Kaycee Madu. “Today we pay tribute not only to her incredible legacy, but also to the countless men and women who had greater opportunities because of the doors she opened.”

Failed to attend the ceremony, Jo-Anne Henry-Bent, daughter of Violet King Henry, said in a statement that she was thrilled, honored, humiliated and excited to have Henry and her family recognized by the Alberta government.

“She was just as brave, brilliant and steadfast as a mother as a pioneering leader,” the statement said. “I have no doubt that she smiles with great joy at this honor, and my family and I cannot wait to begin our trip to Alberta to visit all the places that are important to our family history, in particular this beautiful place that will be now bears her name. “

Violet King Henry was born in Calgary in 1929 and attended the University of Alberta from 1948 to 1953. She died of cancer in 1982 at the age of 52.