January 21 2019 is

Lincoln Alexander Day in Canada; Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States.

Lincoln MacCauley Alexander
Lincoln MacCaulay Alexander. Photo Credit: Government of Ontario.

“All I try to do, is to do a job and to do it well.”

Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, PC CC OOnt CD QC (January 21, 1922 – October 19, 2012) was one of the first Blacks to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force; he later became a lawyer and
• The first black Member of Parliament in the House of Commons; and
• The first black federal Cabinet Minister, serving as federal Minister of Labour; and
• The first black Chair of the Worker's Compensation Board; and
• The 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1985 to 1991; and
• The first person to serve five terms as Chancellor of the University of Guelph, from 1991 to 2007.

 

 

On 28 November 2013, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario declared 21 January of each year Lincoln Alexander Day, citing Alexander's life as "an example of service, determination and humility.
On 21 January 2015, Lincoln Alexander Day was observed for the first time across Canada.
Alexander’s titles and honors also include:
• June 4, 1979 – October 19, 2012: Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada (PC)
• Canada 1985 – October 19, 2012: Knight of the Order of St. John
• Canada April 30, 1992 – October 19, 2012: Companion of the Order of Canada
• Ontario 1992–2012: Member of the Order of Ontario
References:
Ontario Archives
Canadian Encyclopedia
Black in Canada

Martin Luther King Jr. , 1964
Martin Luther King Jr. 1964 Sweden, Photographer Unknown, Public Domain

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968.

One could write thousands of words about his life, dedication, commitment, leadership, sense of justice, and how we can all live joyful, caring, meaningful lives together; but perhaps, that at the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, is testament that we are all grateful for having lived in his time.

 

 

 

References:
Nobel Peace Prize 1964 age 35
King Center
MLK Jr. Biography for Children