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“Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy”: The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir

Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy: The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55488-733-0
Pages 254
Language English only
Price $26.99
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Written by Lincoln M. Alexander with Herb Shoveller.
Published by The Dundurn Group, 2006. First paperback edition published 2010.


Among the important stories of noteworthy Canadians, Lincoln Alexander's sits at the top of the list. Born in Toronto in 1922, the son of a maid and a railway porter, Alexander embarked on an exemplary life path that has involved military service for his country and a successful political career, a thriving law practice, and vocal advocacy on subjects ranging from anti-racism to the importance of education.

In this memoir, Lincoln Alexander traces a remarkable series of events from his early life to the present, shaping him as a charismatic and influential leader whose impact continues to be felt today. From facing down racism to challenging post-war Ontario establishment, from becoming Canada's first black member of Parliament to entertaining royalty as Ontario's lieutenant-governor, Alexander's is the ultimate uplifting Canadian success story, the embodiment of what defines Canada.
“Throughout my life I have believed thoroughly in the power of education, and that belief is the grand gift my mother, Mae Rose, gave me. The title of this book, the quote “Go to school, you're a little black boy,” is hers, and I have used it to honour her insight and wisdom. Those words, her words, have been at the core of what I have accomplished in this life. She was a mere maid, but her knowledge and foresight transcended her station in life; she knew that accepting defeat was easy, but success was possible, and education was the vehicle to take you there. She was right, and it has.” – The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander
Lincoln M. Alexander graduated from McMaster University and Osgoode Hall law school. Now retired, he is still pursuing a rich and varied life as chancellor of the University of Guelph and member of the board of the Ontario Heritage Trust, the Raptors Foundation, and the Doctor's Hospital, as well as several other cultural and charitable organizations.

Herb Shoveller is a journalism graduate of the University of Western Ontario and worked at the London Free Press for two decades before leaving in 2004 to start a writing, editing, and consulting business.

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