N.S. adds $50,000 to scholarship that honours African Nova Scotian singer Portia White
Canadian operatic singer Portia White poses for a portrait in Ottawa in a January 15, 1946, archival image. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Library and Archives Canada, Yousuf Karsh, PA-192783)
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia's government is adding $50,000 to a scholarship endowment that honours the African Nova Scotian singer Portia White.
The funding will help Bravura Nova Scotia award - an annual scholarship of $2,000 to a promising student of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.
White was a contralto who achieved fame as a classical concert and gospel singer in the 1940s and 1950s.
She became the first Black Canadian concert singer to win approval across North America, despite racial barriers to her career.