Black history
Updated: 3/15/2021
Black history

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  •  Lincoln Alexander was born on Jan 21 1992. On September 10
  • Alexander studied at Hamilton’s McMaster University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, followed by a degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1953. In 1965 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel
  • In 1942, Alexander joined the Royal Canadian Air Force , a branch of the armed forces that often restricted non-Whites from entering service. Because Alexander had poor eyesight, he was not eligible for combat. He trained instead as a wireless operator, and served with the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. When he was honourably discharged in 1945, he held the rank of corporal.
  • On September 10 1948 Lincoln Alexander was married Yvonne Harrison.
  • In 1965, Alexander entered politics, running as Conservative member of Parliament for Hamilton West, but was defeated by less than 2,500 votes. Three years later, on 25 June 1968, he won the seat, making him the first Black Canadian to sit in the House of Commons. In his first speech before the House on 20 September 1968,