Dr. Afua Cooper, current chair

Dr. Cooper's mandate is to help advance the field of black Canadian studies and to foster an understanding of the cultural diversity of black Canadians through teaching, research, publications, national networks and presentations.


A Black Woodcutter at Shelburne Nova Scotia

This watercolour sketch by Captain William Booth, Corps of Engineers, is the earliest known image of an African Nova Scotian. He was probably a resident of Birchtown.


Historical presence of African Nova Scotians

Richard Pierpont: "Telling the Missing Stories of The War of 1812."


Active Research in Black Canadian History

Dr. Cooper conducts research that draws from the fields of history, literature, women's studies, creative writing, and African studies. Pictured here is a house in North Preston in 1934


Viola Desmond honoured on first Nova Scotia Heritage Day


All Viola Desmond wanted was to see a movie while she waited for her car to be repaired, but she ended up changing the face of African Nova Scotian history.

Desmond famously sat in the main section of a New Glasgow movie theatre in 1946, and refused to sit in the balcony designated for blacks. She was removed from the theatre, arrested, charged, and decided to take a stand and hire a lawyer.   READ MORE

Heather Laura Clarke, Chronicle Herald, Halifax Citizen

Upcoming Events


50 Years Since Malcolm X’s Assassination:
The Legacy Endures;
The Struggle Continues!

A panel discussion, followed by Q&A and discussion with Dr. Afua Cooper, El Jones, Dr. John Munro, Dr. Isaac Saney, Dr. Rhonda Britton

2-5pm, Saturday, February 21
North Branch Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax

Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes brings historic betrayal to life

An Interview with Dr. Afua Cooper - CBC The National