Go to School, You’re a Little Black Boy

Overview

Among the important stories that need to be told about 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, a successful political career, a thriving law career, and vocal advocacy on subjects ranging from antiracism to the importance of education.

In this biography, Shoveller traces a remarkable series of events from Alexander’s early life to the present that helped shape the charismatic and influential leader whose impact continues to be felt today. From facing down racism to challenging the postwar Ontario establishment, becoming Canada’s first black member of Parliament, entertaining royalty as Ontario’s lieutenant-governor, and serving as chancellor of one of Canada’s leading universities, Alexander’s is the ultimate, uplifting Canadian success story, the embodiment of what defines Canada.

Reviews

Among the often overlooked stories of importance is that of groundbreaking Canadian Lincoln Alexander. In this autobiography, Alexander retraces his remarkable life and the series of events in his early life which charted a course to greatness.

A brisk, enjoyable read.

Literary Review of Canada

About the Authors

Lincoln Alexander

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Lincoln Alexander

Lincoln M. Alexander graduated from McMaster University and Osgoode Hall law school, was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Hamilton West representative in 1968, and served as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1985 to 1991. He was the chancellor of the University of Guelph and served on the boards of many cultural and charitable organizations.

Herb Shoveller

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Herb Shoveller

Herb Shoveller worked at the London Free Press for two decades before leaving in 2005 to start a writing, editing, and consulting business. He is the author of The Story of Ryan and Jimmy and lives in Guelph, Ontario.