Jan. 21 is Lin­coln Alexan­der Day

Times Colonist - - Comment -

On Nov. 28, 2013, the leg­isla­tive assem­bly of On­tario de­clared Jan. 21 of each year Lin­coln Alexan­der Day, cit­ing Alexan­der’s life as “an ex­am­ple of ser­vice, de­ter­mi­na­tion and hu­mil­ity.” In 2015, Lin­coln Alexan­der Day was ob­served for the first time across Canada.

Lin­coln MacCauley Alexan­der, PC, CC, OOnt, CD, QC (Jan. 21, 1922 - Oct. 19, 2012) was one of the first blacks to serve in the Royal Cana­dian Air Force. He later be­came a lawyer and • The first black mem­ber of Par­lia­ment in the House of Com­mons; • The first black fed­eral cab­i­net min­is­ter, serv­ing as fed­eral min­is­ter of labour; • The first black chair of the Worker’s Com­pen­sa­tion Board; • The 24th lieu­tenant-gov­er­nor of On­tario, from 1985 to 1991; and • The first per­son to serve five terms as chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Guelph, from 1991 to 2007.

Alexan­der’s ti­tles and hon­ours also in­clude: • Mem­ber of the Or­der of On­tario; • Knight of the Or­der of St. John ; • Mem­ber of the Queen’s Privy Coun­cil for Canada (PC); • Com­pan­ion of the Or­der of Canada. Fran Mor­ri­son B.C. Black His­tory Aware­ness So­ci­ety

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