Memorable Manitobans: Wade “Kojo” Williams (1949-2012)
Born on St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1949, where he was a police officer for eight years, he came to Winnipeg in 1975. For over 30 years, was a leader and activist for the city’s Black community as local President of the National Black Coalition of Canada. He served as multicultural director for the Liberal Party of Manitoba, a member of the Manitoba Intercultural Council, and is acknowledged as the founder of Black History Month in Manitoba. He was an active cricket player. He died at Winnipeg on 3 November 2012.
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Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 2012.
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This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 27 January 2023