Over many months of thoughtful planning, our students have been actively engaged in learning about Portia White and her cultural impact as a Canadian legend, international musical star and breaker of racial barriers. We will unveil a plaque in her honour as part of a larger student-led commemorative ceremony, with some very special guest speakers and performers. It is indeed an exciting and significant moment as we come together to pay her this richly deserved tribute and students will be dedicating time in class to view the ceremony.
It is our hope that Portia’s reputation, as the first Black Canadian concert singer to achieve international renown, will be buoyed by the installation of this memorial. It will stand in its honoured place as a testament to her achievements both on and off the stage, and in recognition of the impact she has had on Branksome Hall as a beloved voice and music teacher.
To view the ceremony, which took place on Monday, April 11, 2022, please see the video below.