Sigh… Still such a long way to go…

CHOI 91.9 Radio X

Last week, on francophone radio station CHOI 91.9 Radio X Montréal, a particularly enlightened announcer had some very well-researched and inspiring things to say about black role models.  His informed conclusion was that, for the most part, black heroes turn out to be zeros.

You can listen to his brilliant commentary here.

Of course, it is difficult to think of anyone from Canada’s black community who has made a significant contribution without some terrible scandal ruining everything.  Off the top of my head, the only people I can think of are:

  • Donovan Bailey (first Canadian to win Olympic gold in the 100m sprint)
  • Jully Black (singer)
  • Gregory Charles (musician)
  • Austin Clarke (novelist)
  • Malcolm Gladwell (journalist)
  • Marci Ien (news anchor)
  • Jarome Iginla (hockey player – NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist)
  • Michaëlle Jean (Governor General of Canada)
  • Dany Laferrière (novelist)
  • Ranee Lee (singer)
  • Oscar Peterson (pianist)
  • Gloria Reuben (actress / AIDS activist)
  • P. K. Subban (hockey player)
  • Bruny Surin (Olympic gold medalist)

’nuff said.

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