Livingstone, Kathleen 'Kay' National Historic Person
Portrait of Kay Livingstone, date unknown 
© Photo courtesy of the Livingstone Family 

Kathleen 'Kay' Livingstone was designated a national historic person in July 2011.

Historical importance: Actively engaged in creating a Canada-wide network of Afro-Canadian women; driving force behind the first National Black Women's Congress (1973).

Commemorative plaque: As the driving force behind the first National Black Women’s Congress in 1973, Livingstone advanced the cause of African-Canadian women. In 1951, she founded the Canadian Negro Women’s Association, a Toronto benevolent organization that encouraged pride and collective awareness in the city’s Black community. Through her political activities and participation in a wide range of advocacy and volunteer organizations, she worked tirelessly to break down prejudice and to promote the equality of individuals of diverse origins, contributing to the development of a more tolerant society. This noted activist lived on Bedford Park Avenue.

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