Questions on Lincoln Alexander!

Answer the following questions of your choosing to learn more about Lincoln Alexander and how he impacted society!

Lincoln Alexander was a Canadian lawyer who served as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1985 to 1991. Alexander was the first African-Canadian Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. Alexander’s birthday, Jan. 21, was declared “Lincoln Alexander Day” in Ontario in 2013.



  1. What led Lincoln Alexander to become involved in politics, particularly in his role as Member of Parliament and later as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario?
  2. What were some of the major accomplishments of Lincoln Alexander during his political career?
  3. How did Lincoln Alexander's experiences as a Black Canadian shape his political career and the issues he chose to focus on?
  4. How did Lincoln Alexander's political ideology and approach differ from those of other Black Canadian politicians of his time?
  5. What specific policies or initiatives did Lincoln Alexander propose or support during his time in office to address issues faced by Black Canadians?
  6. How did Lincoln Alexander's leadership and advocacy influence the broader movement for civil rights in Canada?
  7. What was Lincoln Alexander's role in the civil rights movement in Ontario?
  8. How did Lincoln Alexander's race and gender shape his experiences and the reception of his political career?
  9. How has Lincoln Alexander's legacy been remembered and celebrated in the years since his death?
  10. How has Lincoln Alexander's story been told and retold throughout history, and how has this impacted the way he is remembered today?
  11. How long did Lincoln Alexander serve as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario? What is the role of a Lieutenant Governor? Can anyone in this role help the Black community in a practical way? If so, how?
  12. Do you find that Alexander becoming the first African-Canadian Member of Parliament in the House of Commons was inspirational and if so, to who and how?
  13. If you were to coordinate a “Lincoln Alexander Day” at your school, community centre or office what would you do to celebrate it?
  14. Lincoln Alexander had many firsts as a black person in positions of high authority. How did those accomplishments affect the black community and Canadian society?



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