Anderson Ruffin Abbott: The Prescription For Change

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The Prescription for Change Canada is coined the ‘cultural mosaic’ because of its proudly multicultural society. Each mosaic tile represents the heritage, history, and beauty of the diverse individuals who have made Canada their home. African-Canadians have certainly earned their shining place on Canada’s great mosaic through their contributions to science, literature, and art. One of the many African-Canadians whose work has resonated with me is Anderson Ruffin Abbott, a writer, journalist, activist, and the first African-Canadian born doctor. Abbott was born in Toronto on April 7th, 1837. Although Abbott’s prominent family was able to provide him with an exceptional education, he still had to wade through the vicious waves of racism and oppression. In 1857, Abbott graduated from the Toronto School of Medicine. The year 1861 became a pivotal moment in Canadian history as Abbott was granted his…show more content…
His writing has not only open the minds of Canadians, but of people all over the world. As a journalist, Abbott wrote editorials and articles for many magazines and newspapers in Canada, the UK, and the U.S. His writing explores topics such as black history, the Civil War, Darwinism, biology, poetry, and medicine. His writing pushes people not to accept things the way they are but to become agents of change. Abbott was a living example of how much African-Canadians had to offer to society. He showed the world that people of African descent can achieve anything when given the chance. Abbott passed away in 1913, at the age of 76. He will be remembered for his role in the Civil War, a crusader for racial integration and a maven in black history. Abbott’s contributions have greatly influenced Canada 's diversity and heritage. He is a prime example that there are no restrictions to making a difference. His legacy will continue to spark a light in many African-Canadians to leave their tile on Canada’s
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