You're Invited: Toronto Renames Park in Honour of Len Braithwaite

You’re Invited: Toronto Renames Park in Honour of Len Braithwaite

Today, October 24, City of Toronto will rename park in honour of Len Braithwaite, Canada’s first Black parliamentarian:

  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; remarks at 10:30 a.m.
  • Councillor Vincent Crisanti (Ward 1 Etobicoke North), Melody Village Junior School students and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community tomorrow to unveil a sign naming a park in honour of the late Leonard (“Len”) Braithwaite.
  • Dr. Rosemary Sadlier, president of the Ontario Black History Society, and David Braithwaite, a son of Len Braithwaite, will address the gathering
  • At the park event today:
    • students from Melody Village Junior School will sing two songs they have written to honour Braithwaite
    • a new playground structure will be opened with a ribbon cutting

Len Braithwaite was:

  • a lawyer, scholar, businessman and a champion of children
  • elected to the Etobicoke Board of Education, Etobicoke City Council and later to the Ontario Legislature, becoming the first Black Canadian parliamentarian
  • the 2011 recipient of the City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations
  • born in 1923 and passed away in March 2012

City of Toronto Contact Info:

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

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