May 1 is Dudley Laws Day in Toronto

Dudley Laws Day in Toronto on May 1 will feature a birthday celebration for the recently departed community activist and mark a decade since the celebration was initiated.

Instituted in 2001, the United Nations Year of Volunteerism, the event is held annually on the first Sunday of May.

After his death last March 24, the Black Action Defence Committee and other people and groups with whom Mr. Laws was involved, determined that the day should continue to be celebrated.

“We also wanted to mark Dudley’s birthday, May 7, the first birthday in more than 40 years that he has not been with us,” said Hewitt Loague, the current president of the Black Action Defence Committee.

It was Hewitt Loague and Ricardo Keane, who is widely known as Brother Power, and like Mr. Laws a devoted follower of Marcus Garvey, who spearheaded the first Dudley Laws Day event.

The 2011 Dudley Laws Day will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Faith Open Door Ministries, 920 Caledonia Rd., Unit 4, (south of the Caledonia Rd. and Lawrence Ave. W. intersection), and is being sponsored by the church and the Black Action Defence Committee.

There will be a special all faith service in memory of Mr. Laws, and entertainment by artistes including Liberty Silver, Jay Douglas, Mark Trinidad and Jango.

A collection will be taken in aid of the Dudley Laws Scholarship Fund and the Black Action Defence Committee, an organisation Mr. Laws co-founded.

There is no charge for admission. For further information call 416-657-8889, 647-833-9079 or go to and

  • simone said:

    Dudley was a good man and Canada needed a Black activist. May god accept him in heaven because he did a great job on earth.

    Monday October 12 at 2:10 pm

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