Remembering Canadian Trailblazer Violet King Henry

Today’s Google Doodle recognizes the legacy of Violet King Henry, born in Calgary in 1929, and becoming the first black woman to practise law in Canada in 1954.

Her daughter, Jo-Anne Henry, wrote about her for Google’s blog:

My favorite quote of my mom is one I only discovered 2 years ago in preparing a presentation about her. A few years after making history as the first Black woman lawyer in Canada, my mother was speaking at an event and reflected on her journey to becoming a lawyer. She said “people told me it wasn’t a good idea for a girl to be a lawyer, particularly a coloured girl… so I went ahead.”

I liked seeing this today.