The Racist Letters
Presenter: Sheila White
Service Leader: Linda Schofield
The bold, interracial marriage in Toronto in June, 1947 between Nova Scotian Baptists Bill White, a black man, and Vivian Keeler, a white woman, created a firestorm in Vivian’s family back home. This is the story of the racism and ostracism Vivian faced from her mother, family members and others, as articulated in letters they wrote leading up to her wedding day.
Bill and Vivian were among the founding members of Don Heights Unitarian Congregation in 1960. Their daughter, Sheila, tells the story of how their marriage and move to Toronto led to their faith in Unitarianism.