This year your fellow alumnus George Elliott Clarke (MA’89, LLD’99) will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Dalhousie alumni for a lifetime of accomplishments in career and/or community service.
For close to five decades, Dr. Clarke has chronicled African-Canadian history and experience through his poems, plays, and novels. His dynamic voice and fresh perspectives on race, equality and freedom have made him a Canadian icon. His powerful work has earned him many awards and honours throughout the years, including his current role as the Parliamentary Poet Laureate. He has been recognized with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize, the William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, and the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry. He has also been appointed to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006) and the Order of Canada (2008).
We are proud to call Dr. Clarke a member of the Dalhousie alumni family and hope you will join us to celebrate him and the other award winners on October 12.