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McMaster student wins Lincoln M. Alexander Award

A McMaster University graduate is the recipient of a Lincoln M. Alexander Award for her efforts to fight racial discrimination and promote positive social change.

Yosra Musa helped develop Mac's first African Diaspora studies program

Yosra Musa of Hamilton, pictured with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, won the award for her key role in the development of McMaster University's first African and African Diaspora Studies Program.

A McMaster University graduate is the recipient of the Lincoln M. Alexander Award for her efforts to fight racial discrimination and promote positive social change.

Yosra Musa, 21, won the $5,000 community award for her key role in the development of McMaster’s first African and African Diaspora Studies program.

Yosra co-founded the first Black-interest sorority in Canada at Mac and also acted as Co-editor in chief of The Voice, McMater’s only Afro-Caribbean publication.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and MPP for Hamilton Centre said Musa is being recognized for her work improving the experience of minority students at McMaster.

“Youth and education were extremely important to Linc and this award serves to continue his legacy. I want to congratulate Yosra Musa and thank her for her many contributions to the Hamilton community.” said Horwath.

Every year, the Lincoln M. Alexander Award is presented to young people who have made a significant contribution towards eliminating racial prejudice or discrimination.

Other award recipients are Zuberi Attard of Thornhill, for founding a student association that gves newcomers a forum for open, safe discussion, and Madison Goodwill of Owen Sound, for promoting Aboriginal history and culture in her school and community.

Lincoln Alexander was Ontario’s first black Member of Parliament, and he served as the province’s 24th Lieutenant-governor from 1985 to 1991.

Lincoln Alexander Day is celebrated across Canada on Jan. 21, Alexander’s birthday.

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