Born in Toronto, of West Indian immigrant parents, Braithwaite was raised in the Kensington Market area during the Great Depression and attended Harbord Collegiate.
Joined the RCAF in 1943 - served Overseas. Graduated University of Toronto [B.Comm.1950], Harvard University [M.B.A.1952], Osgoode Hall Law School, Gold Key [LL.B.1958]. Order of Canada 1997, Order of Ontario 2005. The First Black Person elected to a Legislature in Canada  and  First Black Lawyer elected to be a Member of the Governing Council of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
1964, spoke out at Queen's Park that some rural, Coloured-only schools were still legally segregating Black children. His work led to the abolishment of the 114 year old Ontario Law permitting segregation. Fought for gender equality - 1966, - questioned Ontario Legislature why Student Pages working at Queen's Park were all Male. Later, Female Pages were appointed. Braithwaite's life-long actions in many fields have helped effect change and opened doors for many aspiring Minority Canadians Visit Black History Canada for more