In 1938, at the age of 17, Barbara Howard ran the 100-yards in the breakneck time of 11.2 seconds at the Western Canada British Empire Games trials, bettering the British Empire Games record of the time by one-tenth of a second.
This was just the beginning for the trail blazing that Barbara Howard would go on to embark. She grew up in a modest East Vancouver neighbourhood in the 20s and 30s -- though it would be well past the year 2000 that she is recognized for being the first black woman athlete to represent Canada in international competition.
Later in her life she would go on to be the first visible minority to be hired by the Vancouver school board.
Interview by Ellie Gordon-Moershel
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