Elijah McCoy, born in Canada to runaway American slaves, showed so much promise in school that he won a scholarship to study mechanical engineering at Edinburgh University. McCoy moved to the US, where no one believed a black man could be an engineer and so he was set to stoking boilers. Nevertheless, McCoy devised a solution to one of the greatest problems facing steam locomotion that was sold worldwide with the marketers' proviso that McCoy's race be concealed.
Plays by Andrew Moodie
When top Crown attorney Thomas Matthews, a victim of racial profiling himself, is assigned to prosecute the accused against a Left-leaning white attorney, tensions mount and personal politics bubble to the surface. Cutting deep into the lawyers' private lives, their families and foibles are richly portrayed as an integral part of Toronto's shifting mosaic. From an ostensibly routine traffic stop, each character must come to terms with the city's racial politics and how they have shaped their own beliefs and prejudices. Written in response to the rise of gun crime in the streets of Canada's largest city, Toronto the Good probes the problems that perpetuate the changing metropolis and explores how they have been allowed to flourish.
Andrew Moodie exploded onto the theatre scene in 1995 with his first play, Riot. Since then he has been a mainstay of Canadian television and theatre, both as an actor and a writer. His plays include Oui, A Common Man's Guide to Loving Women, The Real McCoy and Toronto the Good.