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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.


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


2nd Biennial Black Canadian Studies Conference in HALIFAX!

Under the Auspices of the James R. Johnston Chair, Dr. Afua Cooper

May 21-24, 2015

The conference presents an exciting opportunity to explore leadership and the Black community in Canada locally, provincially, nationally & globally from a variety of perspectives.

To be held at Dalhousie University, world-leading academics and community leaders from, outside academia will come together to promote dialogue, critical reflection and nuanced, perspectives on the past, present and future of Black leadership in Canada.
Visit our website for a listing of all conference events!    
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.