A pilgrimage to the gravesite of activist and freedom fighter, Dudley Laws, is among the events planned to mark the first anniversary of his passing.
The Black Action Defense Committee (BADC) is organizing the pilgrimage, as well as a memorial and celebration of his life to follow on Sunday, April 1, 2012.
Buses are being chartered to accommodate those who wish to attend the graveside ceremony. Cost will be $10 per person and the transportation will leave from Faith Open Doors Ministries; 920 Caledonia Road at 1:00 p.m.
For more information please call the BADC office: (416) 656-2232 or Brother Logie at 647-833-9079.
There will be a brief ceremony at the gravesite, after which the buses will return to 920 Caledonia Road for a memorial service and a program to celebrate the life of the departed elder.
Please note that on May 6, 2012, Dudley Laws Day celebrations will be held at 920 Caledonia Road starting at 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Dudley Laws passed away on March 24, last year (2011) after a long and valiant struggle with kidney disease and cancer.
He moved to Canada in 1965, and immediately involved himself in the West Indian and African communities through organizations, churches and clubs where community members gathered. He joined the Jamaican-Canadian Association in 1967 and in 1968, joined the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), which later became the Universal African Improvement Association (UAIA). He became President of the UNIA in 1972 and later served as its Executive Director.
Laws was a founding member of The Black Inmates and Friends Assembly (BIFA) which serves inmates in federal penitentiaries such as Millhaven, Warkworth, Joyceville, Collins Bay and Kingston.
Among other organizations, he formed and co-founded Immican Youth for Skilled Organization, the Committee for Due Process, the Albert Johnson Committee, the Lester Donaldson Committee, Black Youth Community Action Project, the Michael Wade Lawson Committee, and he was a founding member of the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC).
He was both a member of the Jamaican Canadian Association and the Jamaican Diaspora (Foundation) Canada.
It is largely due to his efforts that Ontario developed a police accountability process, allowing independent civilian bodies to investigate complaints against the police.
For further information please contact Brother Logie 647-833-9079.