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MLIS Graduate Chosen as 2023 Black Changemaker

Posted by SIM on February 22, 2023 in Alumni & Friends, News

We are pleased to share that Randolph White (MLIS '20) was chosen as one of CBC's 2023 Black Changemakers for Nova Scotia.

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Randolph White: The mission is "yes"

Randolph White’s plan was to be a math teacher.

He had a facility with numbers, and wanted to make the subject easier for people who were struggling. But his calling to help others took a slightly different path when he started working at the library to pay for school. He began to realize that the library was a hub for the community, and he could have a meaningful and lasting impact on people’s lives through simple, small actions. When a young man approached him, saying, “We need support, we’re hurting. I think we need to get together,” White didn’t hesitate, and they formed a men’s group for African-Nova Scotians.

Whether through that group, or youth programming or his volunteer work with the African Nova Scotian Social Innovation Lab, White found he could contribute to changing the trajectory of people’s lives for the better.

“I always think of it as just illuminating what’s already there, so I’m just the one holding the flashlight on what the potential is so that they can see it themselves.”

Now the branch manager at the Halifax North Memorial Public Library, White makes it his mission to say “yes” when someone needs something.