by John Cooper
Even though Canada was considered a safe haven for those escaping slavery, it was not free from the racism and discrimination that existed in the United States. Black people had trouble finding good-paying jobs and were prevented from competing in athletic competitions. So the fact that Ray Lewis was able to train and compete, eventually becoming the first Canadian-born black man to join an Olympic team and win a medal, makes his story even more remarkable. Not only does his life story shed light on forgotten moments of history, it has much to say regarding the importance of pride, dignity, and quiet perseverance in the pursuit of one's goals and ambitions.