Nominations due Jan. 11
A special youth scholarship created in honour of Lincoln M. Alexander will be handed out at this year’s Rev. John C. Holland Awards.
The Lincoln Alexander Youth Achievement Award, which is sponsored by Denninger’s, will recognize a young person who has a high academic standing, is dedicated to making a difference in the community through volunteering and is pursuing post-secondary education. Nomination deadline is Jan. 11.
“Linc” died Oct. 19. He was a trailblazer as one of only six black lawyers practising in Ontario in the early 1960s and Canada’s first black MP. He was also a passionate advocate for education—a route to success that he learned from his mother, whose wise words “Go to school, you’re a little black boy,” were immortalized in the title of Linc’s autobiography.
“Denninger’s has had a long association with Lincoln Alexander,” says company CFO Norm Legault. “We were honoured to be the inaugural sponsor of the youth scholarship because it honours Linc and what he stood for. It is important that we recognize and nourish youth who show the qualities this award recognizes.”
The Rev. John C. Holland Awards were founded in 1996 by Hamilton’s Black History Committee as a gift to Hamilton that honoured both the city’s sesquicentennial and its first African Canadian Citizen of the Year, Rev. John C. Holland. The gala event celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the region, with a particular focus on the contributions of African Canadians to its social, economic, and cultural life.
Previous winners of John C. Holland awards include Dr. Gary Warner, “Rapid Ray” Lewis, Dr. Afua Cooper, Stewart Memorial Church and the Ontario Black History Society.
Linc was himself honoured with the Award of Merit in 1998.
This year’s awards gala will be held Feb. 2 at Michelangelo Banquet Centre.
For more information or to download a nomination package, visit johnhollandawards.com.