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The legacy of Dr. Rita Cox in Parkdale

by | Feb 23, 2024 | Articles

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is crucial to recognize the remarkable contributions of Dr. Rita Cox to the Parkdale community. Dr. Cox, served as the head librarian at the Parkdale branch for over twenty years, established the Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection, which has played a vital role in preserving the cultural heritage of the area.

Dr. Cox was a trailblazer who dedicated her life to serving the Parkdale community. She was a founding member of several organizations, including the Parkdale Community Information Centre, Parkdale Intercultural Association, and Parkdale Project Read as well as an advisor to the creation of the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre. Her tireless efforts to uplift the community and empower its members were invaluable.

In 2020, the Black Student Success Committee in Parkdale took a bold step forward in challenging anti-Black racism incidents at the former Queen Victoria Public School. Their request to rename the school was a call to action to address systemic discrimination and promote inclusion. The school was eventually renamed in 2022 to Dr. Rita Cox – Kina Minagok Public School, a name that reflects the values of growth, diversity, and inclusivity.

Dr. Cox’s work serves as a reminder of the power of community-driven initiatives and the importance of promoting equity and social justice.

The below collage of Dr. Rita Cox was created to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection. 

Dr. Cox Collage