Jan 22, 2024

By Jane Brown

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Described as a moving ceremony, a bronze bust of the Late Honourable Lincoln Alexander was unveiled Sunday at Queen’s Park.

(Erika, left, and Marissa Alexander, look at a bust of their grandfather, former Lieutenant Governor Lincoln Alexander, during a ceremony at the foyer of the Ontario Legislative Building in Toronto on Sunday. Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star)

It was designed and created by renowned Afrofuturist artist Quentin VerCetty who calls his work, Suited for Greatness.

“And it’s inspired by a quote from Lincoln M. Alexander…who said ‘everyday I wake up, I suit up to be greater than I’ve ever been before.”

Affectionately known as Linc, Alexander was a trailblazing member of Canada’s black community.

VerCetty, who is black himself, says he remembers well when he first met Lincoln Alexander as a high school student,

“I was a bad student unfortunately and he walked up to me in the hallway and he told me he can see me doing great things,” VerCetty recalled, “Throughout he bust you’ll see different symbolism that represents his journey, and it’s really meant to inspire curiosity for whoever sees the statue to think about how can they be great in their own lives.

VerCetty went on to say he’s grateful for the opportunity and he wants other young people like himself to think that they too can do great things.

Lincoln Alexander became Canada’s first black MP in 1968 and served as Ontario’s 24th lieutenant governor from 1985 to 1991, among many other accomplishments.

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