Reverend John C Holland Awards

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Reverend John C Holland   |   1882 – 1954

“He started out as a newspaper boy, dreamed of becoming a minister and became the First African Canadian to be named “Citizen of the Year” in any community in Canada. We honour those who continue to work diligently in the spirit of Reverend John C Holland.

Since 1996, the Reverend John C Holland Awards have celebrated excellence in Hamilton’s Black community. The Awards celebrate and recognize the academic achievements and aspirations of Black youth by offering scholarships and support to assist them in accessing post-secondary education. The Awards also celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our community and recognize the contributions of local Black leaders to the social, economic, and cultural life of our city. Hosted by the Hamilton Black History Council, and with the support of community partners, the annual event is attended by hundreds of individuals and organizations and is a cornerstone of Black History Month in Hamilton.