Lieutenant-Governor Lincoln Alexander was one of first blacks to serve in RCAF

An old black and white photo of a group of seven men in bulky air force flying suits, standing in front of the shingled exterior wall of a building.
Members of a 1943 course at No. 7 Air Observer School in Manitoba. Left to right: Joe Richards, George Dron, Charlie Hawgood, Doug Horan, Tony Usselman, Lincoln Alexander and Gerry Cormartin. PHOTO: Courtesy Royal Canadian Air Force Association

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“The air force experience taught me the value of self-respect, discipline, and confidence, and those are elements that have served me well throughout my life. They apply to all areas, whether the air force, the law, or politics,” said Lincoln Alexander in his 2006 memoir Go to School, You’re a Little Black Boy.

Lincoln Alexander, Canada’s first black person elected to the House of Commons, first federal cabinet minister and first black person to serve as lieutenant governor of Ontario, died October 19, 2012, at the age of 90.

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