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October 23, 2012
City of Toronto to rename park in honour of Len Braithwaite, Canada's first Black parliamentarian
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.

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; remarks at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Melody Park, 490 Silverstone Dr.

Dr. Rosemary Sadlier, president of the Ontario Black History Society, and David Braithwaite, a son of Len Braithwaite, will address the gathering.

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

At the park event on Wednesday, students from Melody Village Junior School will sing two songs they have written to honour Braithwaite, and a new playground structure will be opened with a ribbon cutting.

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