For Immediate Release

January 20th, 2017

Mayor Crombie Marks Lincoln M. Alexander Day 2017

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we join in recognizing Lincoln M. Alexander Day.

“Lincoln Alexander was a true Canadian trailblazer, nation-builder and an important figure to remember as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our nation’s founding.  He served as the first black Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the first black Member of Parliament and the first black federal Cabinet Minister.

“As vice-regal, Mr. Alexander’s motto read: ‘Confidence, Determination and Perseverance.’ These words are embodied in the actions of his lifelong commitment to public service.

“Last January, Najma Malaq of Mississauga was awarded with the Lincoln M. Alexander Award for promoting African culture and history in her community and building an inclusive school community. This important distinction is given to young people who have shown strong leadership in eliminating racial discrimination.

“Mississauga’s Malton neighbourhood is proudly home to Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School. It stands as a testament to the life of an individual who continues to inspire all of us to build communities that are inclusive, tolerant and respectful.”