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


A Decade Dedicated to People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development

UN Recognition Year

In proclaiming this Decade, the international community is recognizing that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. Around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent.

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Upcoming Events

Africa Called, Cuba Answered
Ebola, the Cuban Revolution & African Liberation

-A Public Lecture by Cuba specialist, Dr. Isaac Saney

7pm, Thursday, February 12
Room 1016, Kenneth Rowe Building
Dalhousie University 6100 University Avenue



Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes brings historic betrayal to life

An Interview with Dr. Afua Cooper - CBC The National