Young Ontarians Leading Fight Against Racism
2010 Lincoln M. Alexander Awards Presented To Three Ontario Youth
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.
- 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.
“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
“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
“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