Frederick Phillips, first Black McGill Law graduate and first Black lawyer in Quebec

In 1956, Frederick Phillips became McGill’s first Black Law graduate, the first Black lawyer in Quebec upon passing the bar.

A veteran who had to leave school in Grade 10, Phillips first attended McGill to earn a Bachelor of Arts and stayed to obtain a Law degree.

In 2010, he said that his proudest accomplishments were his 36 years of practice in Montreal and his ability to make a better living than his father did.