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.
- Location: Melody Park, 490 Silverstone Dr.
- 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
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