MORRIS, Man. - A well-known member of the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame will speak out against racism later this month in a southern Manitoba town that's trying to shed any image that it's racist.
Milt Stegall, a former star wide receiver with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, will be outside a restaurant in Morris called Thea's Diner on Dec. 14 to deliver a message about tolerance.
Thea Morris, the restaurant's Jamaican-born owner, recently said she's closing her business because of racist behaviour on the part of some people in community.
The 53-year-old woman has said she's received an email referencing the Ku Klux Klan and has been told by one of her customers that people are avoiding her business because she is black.
Ron D'Errico, president of Winnipeg's Impact Security Group, says he contacted the U.S.-born Stegall about what was happening in Morris and he was very upset.
D'Errico says Stegall will talk about what racism does to a community and will strongly encourage Morris residents to work together.