Reverend Dr. William Pearly Oliver died died (b. 1912). He was a leading African Nova Scotian who, with his wife, Pearleen Borden Oliver, was a strong advocate for social justice. A graduate of Acadia University (1934), and minister at Cornwallis Street Baptist Church (1937–1962), he was instrumental in developing many progressive organizations, including the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1945), the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission (1967), the Black United Front (1969), the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia (1983) and supporting the case of Viola Desmond. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984. (Photo: Reverend Dr. William Pearly Oliver, 1912 – 1989. Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.)