Today we commemorate Lincoln Alexander, a key figure in the struggle for racial equality in Canada
OTTAWA, Jan. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, Canadians across the country are marking Lincoln Alexander Day, which commemorates one of the most highly respected figures in Canadian history: the Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, Canada's first Black Member of Parliament, Cabinet minister, and Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.
Born in Toronto in 1922 to immigrants from the Caribbean, Mr. Alexander dedicated his life to fighting for racial equality in Canada. Throughout his long and distinguished career, during which he served at both the provincial and federal level, he vigorously defended the causes of education, race relations and youth. Rising above the prejudices of his time, Mr. Alexander was instrumental in shaping the spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance that we enjoy in Canada today.
To honour Mr. Alexander and acknowledge his important contribution, the Parliament of Canada designated January 21, date of his birthday, as Lincoln Alexander Day. Mr. Alexander died in 2012 in Hamilton, Ontario, and was given a state funeral.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to take advantage of Lincoln Alexander Day to learn more about the achievements of this great Canadian, and about the essential role that Black Canadians have played—and continue to play—in our country's history.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information: (Media only), please contact: Simon Ross, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788