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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

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Black Halifax

Black Halifax: Four Centuries, One Community, Fourteen Stories

An innovative, interactive multidisciplinary project that celebrates Halifax’s vibrant Black community that has flourished since the 1700s and has been captured as a collection of stories, in the form of short videos, about the rich cultural life of the community. The stories are about personalities, sites, and events of historic significance to the African Nova Scotian community and are presented by local performance poets and professional actors that combine storytelling with archival photographs and film.