George Elroy Boyd, pioneering Black playwright and journalist, dies at 68

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Pioneering Black Nova Scotian playwright and journalist George Elroy Boyd has died at age 68.

Boyd, who was born in Halifax, passed away peacefully at a hospice in Montreal on July 7, according to an obituary in The Chronicle Herald this weekend.

After working as a journalist and radio broadcaster, he became Canada's first Black national television news anchor in 1992 as a co-host of CBC Morning Newsworld.

But he eventually "left broadcasting to pursue his first love of writing,'' his obituary states, and his work as a playwright was widely acclaimed.

Boyd's "Consecrated Ground'' was nominated for a Governor General Literary Award for Drama in 2000.

The play tells the story of the residents of Halifax's Africville, the oldest Black community in Canada, which was bulldozed in the 1960s.