A Linc in Time
Despite the turbulent political climate of the civil rights movement in the United States – turbulence that certainly affected and influenced the Canadian political terrain – new opportunities permitted black people to reach high levels of public life. In 1968, Alexander was one of those pioneers, entering into politics and becoming the first African-Canadian Member of Parliament. Since that remarkable feat, he has never looked back: he served from 1965-1980 as a member of the conservative party and has since been at the forefront of promoting social equality.
Inspired by his nickname, “Linc”, the film will ‘linc’ Alexander’s key life moments in order to paint a complete portrait of the man. A Linc in Time shows how Alexander’s defining early years led him to his groundbreaking career in Canadian politics and beyond. His path eventually led him to the post of Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, a position which he was the first visible minority to hold.
Alexander has led an exemplary life that has broken many barriers for minorities and helped alter the face and profile of Canadian politics. The film in turn rallies viewers to not only learn from his life, but also call to attention his dynamic role in Canada’s multiculturalism, demonstrating his enduring importance to our nation, and to African-Canadian history.
From filmmaker Nicole Brooks, A Linc in Time chronicles the extraordinary life of The Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, Canada’s first Black Member of Parliament and first Black Lieutenant Governor…a true pioneer and legend.