Lincoln Alexander Remembered

“I was born in 1922, at a time when blacks weren’t recognized and when people thought blacks were born to be servants and porters,” – Lincoln M. Alexander

Chances are, if you live in Hamilton, you have heard the name Lincoln Alexander – whether it be the man or the highway that was named after him. You may not know, however, the story behind the man and why he was so influential.

Lincoln Alexander was born in Toronto in 1922 to parents of West Indian descent. He served in the air force during World War II before coming to Mac where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1949. After that, he went on to law school in Toronto where he graduated in 1953. In 1968, Hamilton West elected Lincoln Alexander as Canada’s first black Member of Parliament. But his influence didn’t stop there. He went on to become Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor and was known to be a kind, compassionate as well as very intelligent man.

Sadly, Lincoln Alexander passed away on October 19. Hamilton, Ontario, and Canada has lost a brilliant man who will be missed by all. For those of you who are interested, a funeral will be held at Hamilton Place tomorrow at 2:30 pm, but doors will be closing promptly at 2:00. Seats are limited, however, and will be on a first come first serve basis. If you are unable to get a seat, all are welcome in Commonwealth Square where a live audio feed of the funeral will be played. In addition, feel free to leave a note in his Book of Condolences.