Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former NDP MP and Civil Rights Activist Howard McCurdy Dead at 85

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former NDP MP and Civil Rights Activist Howard McCurdy Dead at 85

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Former NDP MP Howard McCurdy dead at 85

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Former New Democrat MP and civil rights activist Howard McCurdy has died at the age of 85.

Leslie McCurdy says her father died peacefully on Tuesday after suffering from cancer.

McCurdy -- who was Canada's second black MP after the late Lincoln Alexander -- was elected as a New Democrat MP from Windsor, Ont., in 1984 and 1988 but was defeated in the 1993 federal election.

Prior to his career in federal politics, McCurdy served as an alderman in Windsor, and in 1962, founded the Guardian Club, a civil rights organization dedicated to fighting racial discrimination in the city.

In 1969, he was a founder and the first president of the National Black Coalition of Canada. …

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