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Young Ontarians Leading Fight Against Racism

2010 Lincoln M. Alexander Awards Presented To Three Ontario Youth

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Three young Ontarians, leading the fight against racism and discrimination, have been named this year's recipients of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award.

The recipients are:

  • Sophia Kemeh of Turner Fenton Secondary School from Brampton
  • Mariajosé Lopez of Central Commerce Collegiate from Toronto
  • Antonius Jamal Clarke of Friends in Trouble Youth Initiative from Toronto

The award was created in 1993 in honour of Lincoln Alexander, Ontario's first black Lieutenant Governor, who has shown a commitment to youth and the promotion of racial harmony throughout his life.

Quick Facts

  • Each recipient receives an award of $5,000. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Lincoln M. Alexander Awards have been presented since 1993. There have been 48 recipients of the award to date.
  • These annual awards are presented to three Ontarians between the ages of 16 and 25 who have provided outstanding leadership in improving racial understanding.

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“I am pleased to present these awards to three outstanding leaders in the fight against racism and discrimination. Their efforts exemplify the strength we, as Ontarians, admire.”

The Honourable David C. Onley

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

“These deserving young adults are leaders and excellent role models for people of all ages, because of their accomplishments in fighting discrimination.”

Lincoln M. Alexander

Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

“As we approach Human Rights Day in Ontario, it is the perfect time to celebrate these outstanding young people and their commitment to fighting discrimination. Like Lincoln Alexander, they are change-makers, and their example inspires us all to be better citizens.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

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