Experience the life and times of Canada's FIRST black attorney and magazine editor and pre-eminent advocate for civil rights, campaigning tirelessly for fair play/justice for his people and battling 19th Century systemic racism. A true warrior! His family were Black loyalists who had supported the British, so were granted land in the KARS peninsula along the St John River. A bright student, who at age 17 enrolled in George Washington University (DC) when that prestigious institution was the first to admit blacks (1871- only six years after the US Civil War ended), studied philosophy, languages and law. Walker spoke at least some eight distinct languages including those of Europe, Africa and Asia. James Garfield, later president of the USA and professor at GWU, stated Walker was one of the most brilliant students he ever taught,
He later graduated form Saint John Law School (established by Acadia University, but today known as UNB Law school), practiced law but racism prevented him from succeeding. He then published a high quality magazine, NEITH, but it met the same fate for similar reasons. Although a brilliant orator and skillful litigator, he was denied a Queen's Counsel designation, something he felt he deserved, again due to racism. In his later life he championed the African Civilization Movement, where he wished to take educated and skilled blacks from Canada and the USA and establish a Christian colony/country based on British democratic principles and governance in West Africa. It never materialized, but the basis for it is written in his own words near the end of this book, In 2019 the Government of New Brunswick awarded him a posthumous ONB (the first ever in October, 2019), only weeks before this book was published. His message and speeches mirrored those of civil rights advocate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? only more than a half-century earlier.
About the Author: Peter J. Little was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick and educated in its city public schools. After high school he attended the New Brunswick Community College and obtained a diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology and worked for the next forty years in the energy sector. First briefly with NB Power and then with Irving Refining, finishing his career as a Senior Production Planner.
Peter developed a keen interest in local history at a young age, being influenced by stories of by-gone days from his father and maternal grandfather. He began writing in the 1980's, at first as a way of consolidating his own research and then as a freelance writer for the Reader Magazine, a Saturday Supplement of the Brunswick News group of papers. His writings have appeared in various publications, including the Evening Times Globe, the Telegraph Journal, the Kings County Record, Generations Magazine, the Officers Quarter and recently has been consulted several times for the Daily Gleaner feature, Forgotten New Brunswick.
The amateur historian has focused his sights most recently on telling untold stories from our past, stories of people who have fallen through the cracks in the floor of history; and Abraham Walker was one of those. A chance conversation led to an obsession, which resulted in the production of this book. In just under two years, Peter Little has elevated Abraham Beverley Walker from the 'dustbin' of history to the loftiest position afforded a citizen.
Seeking to 'right a wrong', Peter has pushed Abraham Walker's story to the front and center of the provincial discourse. Walker's life and times have been the subject of three recent newspaper articles, several television and radio interviews and most recently, Walker has been the posthumous recipient of the Order of New Brunswick, the highest award that can be bestowed upon a citizen of the province.
Peter is a board member of the New Brunswick Black History Society and has lived in Quispamsis for the last four decades. He and his wife Susan have five children and twelve grandchildren.