Remember MLK and Linc with ACCA

Address:423 King St E Hamilton Map
Start date:January 16, 2022
Time:02:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Hamilton’s Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association (ACCA) invites you to join them on Zoom on Sunday, January 16, 2022 from 2pm to 3:30pm EST as they celebrate the lives and contributions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander. The event will be hosted by Dwayne Morgan and will feature keynote speaker Donna Young, Founding Dean of the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University, and performer Quisha Wint. The event will also feature Erika Alexander, granddaughter of Lincoln M. Alexander. All are welcome to this free online event. Donations to ACCA's seniors pandemic relief program are greatly appreciated. Register via Eventbrite at

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesman and leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King advanced civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. King participated in and led marches for Black voting rights, desegregation, labor rights, and other basic civil rights. King helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In 1964, King won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped organize two of the three Selma to Montgomery marches. In his final years, he expanded his focus to include opposition towards poverty, capitalism, and the Vietnam War. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as a holiday in cities and states throughout the United States beginning in 1971; the holiday was enacted at the federal level in 1986. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.

The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander (1922-2012) was a Canadian lawyer who became the first Black Member of Parliament in the House of Commons (PC MP for Hamilton West), the first Black federal Cabinet Minister (serving as federal Minister of Labour), the first Black Chair of the Worker's Compensation Board, and the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1985 to 1991 (making him the first Black Canadian to hold a vice-regal position). He was the first person to serve five terms as Chancellor of the University of Guelph, from 1991 to 2007. Alexander was also a governor of the Canadian Unity Council, Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Honorary Patron of the Hamilton, Ontario, branch of St. John Ambulance, Honorary Chief of the Hamilton Police Service and Honorary Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. His autobiography “Go to School, You're a Little Black Boy: The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander: A Memoir” was published in 2006. The Province of Ontario proclaimed January 21 "Lincoln Alexander Day" in 2013. In 2014 the celebration was officially recognized by the Canadian government. Canadians first celebrated January 21st as "Lincoln Alexander Day" in 2015.


Donna Young (Keynote Speaker) Donna Young is the founding dean of the Lincoln Alexander School of Law. Before assuming her deanship, she was the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Albany Law School and a joint faculty member at the University at Albany’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her teaching and scholarship focus on law and inequality, race and gender discrimination, and academic freedom and university governance. Since joining the Lincoln Alexander Law School, Dean Young's contributions to the legal profession in Canada have been recognized in several ways: In the last year, she was the recipient of the 2021 Canadian Law Awards "Female Trailblazer Award;" She was the recipient of the 2021 "Top 25 Women of Influence Award"; and she was recognized as one of Toronto Life's 2020 Most Influential Torontonians.

Dwayne Morgan (Host & Performer) is a two-time Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots Entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. Morgan is the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Career Achievement in the Spoken Word, a 2016 finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and in 2013 Morgan was inducted into the Scarborough Walk of Fame. Morgan has published fourteen books and has nine albums of his work to his credit. To further explore his creativity, Dwayne collaborated with Driftwood Studios to film, Three Knocks, a ten-minute film, which premiered in Toronto’s Reel World Film Festival. Morgan is the producer and host of two TV shows, Poetically Speaking and Write in Toronto. His one-man play, Grade 8, now appears on the CBC’s PlayMe Podcast. In 2012, Morgan performed at Super Bowl 46, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and in 2019, he founded and co-produced the inaugural Toronto Spoken Soul Festival. As a member of the Spoken Soul Collective, Morgan is a 2021 curator for ArtworxTO, responsible for the public art which will appear inside of the Scarborough Town Centre.

Quisha Wint (Performer) is the co-founder and president of QW Productions whose mission is to provide outstanding and professional entertainment in a classy and nostalgic atmosphere, while providing a platform for artists and musicians to showcase their awesome gift in music. She aims to educate both the public and upcoming artists on the importance of keeping the music from the past alive, music that touches our hearts. Quisha was born to sing and entertain. She grew up in a Jamaican/Canadian home listening to Reggae, Motown, Gospel, R&B, then entered the jazz program at Humber College in the mid ’90s. From there she embarked upon her dream of performing with well-known musicians, which took her to exciting overseas hotel engagements. Since then, Quisha has sung in many parts of Asia, Europe, North America, and Caribbean. Currently living in the GTA, Quisha is well established in the tight-knit music industry. Not only is she an entrepreneur, producer, director, songwriter, arranger, worship director and a mother, Quisha just began her journey into speaking at corporate events to empower and enrich corporation employees. Quisha released her 1st EP entitled My Life in 2021 with rave reviews. Her 1st single Black Shoes, off her grassroots project recently hit #1 on the Indie Music Artists charts.

Erika Alexander (Special Guest) was born in the early 1980s in Hamilton Ontario; growing up on the east side in Stoney Creek. Erika is a 7th-generation African Canadian, whose family has deep roots in Hamilton. She also has familial roots from Aboriginal, Germanic/Irish, Jamaican, and Vincentian origins. Erika is the eldest of two grandchildren of the late Lincoln M. Alexander. Erika’s great-uncle (via Grandmother Yvonne [Harrison] Alexander) was the loved and legendary Hamiltonian, Norman Pinky Lewis; both Lincoln and Pinky have been named Hamilton’s Citizen of the Year in the past. Erika graduated from McMaster University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Religious Studies. She is a former member of the Hamilton Police Service where she worked for 10 years. Currently, she is pursuing holistic medicine and life coaching, having graduated from the Institute of Traditional Medicine (Toronto) with a three year diploma in traditional Chinese acupuncture. During her studies she had the opportunity to travel to Nepal for a clinical internship in Kathmandu Valley that turned into a life-changing experience. Erika also engages in public speaking, representing her family and grandfather Lincoln, and is passionate about literature, cultural studies, activism, world history and spirituality, and anything that involves the creative mind.

The Afro-Canadian Caribbean Association of Hamilton and District (ACCA) is a charitable non-profit organization that was founded in 1979 by early Black immigrants. ACCA has invested in lifting up Black excellence throughout the City of Hamilton. Today ACCA offers youth mentorship and seniors programs and is a strong voice on issues facing the Afro-Canadian Caribbean community in Hamilton. ACCA’s creed is Unity, Strength and Progress. Therefore through its members ACCA strives to provide a vehicle for uniting all African, Canadian and Caribbean people residing in the Hamilton region. At the core of ACCA’s values is the belief that all residents have the right to a good life.


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