Black football players honoured for their contributions to Toronto|
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Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, Canadian Football League Commissioner Tom Wright
and Toronto Argonauts President and CEO Keith Pelley unveiled the popular
"Contributions of African Canadians" poster at City Hall today as part of the
celebrations for Black History Month.
The five legendary Toronto Argonauts-Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Ulysses Curtis,
Chuck Ealey, Granville Liggins and R. Bruce Smith-who are featured on this
year's edition of the poster, were in attendance.
During the 1950s when racism and discrimination were prevalent in the United
States, the Toronto Argonauts Football Club and the Canadian Football League
gave Black players opportunities that they would not have had in the U.S. Many
of these players in turn recognized that Toronto also provided an excellent
opportunity for life and went on to succeed in diverse endeavours beyond the
game making exceptional contributions to the community as citizens of Toronto.
Toronto prides itself in being the most multicultural city in the world. Black
History Month provides an opportunity for the city of Toronto to recognize the
significant contributions African Canadians have made and continue to make to
life in Toronto in areas such as education, medicine, art, culture, sports and
recreation, public service, economic development, politics and human rights.
The Toronto Argonauts and the Canadian Football League were instrumental in
providing a forum for Black football players to showcase their talent. In turn,
this laid the foundation on which the players built their contributions to
their sport and community.
Toronto Parks and Recreation strives to provide high quality sport and
recreational opportunities for all members of the community with a special
emphasis on children and youth. The Division espouses the belief that
opportunity for sport will lead to opportunity in life. Michael "Pinball"
Clemons, Ulysses Curtis, Chuck Ealey, Granville Liggins and R. Bruce Smith have
proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this is true.
Toronto Parks and Recreation, the Toronto Argonauts, the Canadian Football
League and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame have also arranged for football
memorabilia to be on display at the St. Lawrence Community Centre, 230 The
Esplanade for the month of February.
To order a copy of the poster "Contributions of African Canadians," send an
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-338-0338.
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Hotline Media Hotline - 416-560-8726
Beth Waldman, Toronto Argonauts Football Club, 416-219-4410
Shawn Lackie, Canadian Football League, 416-322-9650, ext. 234