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CBC: Fighters, scientists, protectors: Meet 5 notable black Manitobans you may never have heard of

February 19, 2019 — 

As CBC Manitoba reports:

Keith Sandiford remembers being the only black person on the bus in Winnipeg — and among the faculty at the University of Manitoba.

Black people were scarce in Winnipeg when the Barbadian took a chance on the city, coming here in the 1960s as a history professor.

He tells the story of his friend, a new teacher, puzzling one household in a small hamlet in western Manitoba in the late 1960s.

One of the children “went home at lunch to tell the parents there was a chocolate [teacher] on staff,” said Sandiford, an accomplished author who has written many books on black history and cricket.

“The parents could not believe what the kid was saying, so they went to the school.”

Read the full CBC story here.

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