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Black History Resources Available through Queen's Omni (Library)

Check out these Black History resources available through

Queen’s OMNI (library):

Books/Articles:

  1. We're rooted here and they can't pull us up: essays in African Canadian women's history, Peggy Brustow (contributor), available online

  2. The Little Black School House: Revealing the Histories of Canada's Segregated Schools— A Conversation with Sylvia Hamilton, Breanna Howard and Sarah E.K Smith, available online and through Joseph Stauffer Library

  3. North to Bondage: Loyalist Slavery in the Maritimes, Harvey Amani Whitfield, 1974, available online and through Joseph Stauffer Library

  4. When and where I enter: the impact of Black women on race and sex in America, Paula Giddings, 1986, available through Joseph Stauffer Library

  5. The Promised Land: History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent's Settlements and Beyond, Boulou de b'Beri (Editor) and Nina Reid-Maroney (Editor) and Handel K. Wright (Editor), 2014, available online

  6. Odysseys home: mapping African-Canadian literature, George Elliot Clarke, 2002, available online and through Joseph Stauffer Library

Videos/Documentaries:

  1. How Much Do You Know about Black History in Canada?, CBC Broadcast, 2017, available online

  2. From The Library of Black History: Black Hollywood, Tony Brown Productions, 1989, available online

  3. The History of Black Music: Part 1, Tony Brown Productions, 2003, available online

  4. White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books, California Newsreel, 2012, available online

  5. Brick by Brick: A Civil Rights Story, California Newsreel, 2008, available online


Other books/essays (these are not necessarily available through Queen’s Library, but are part of a project called The Black Lives Canada Syllabus):

  • Black Like Who by Rinaldo Walcott

  • Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex & Security in Sixties Montreal by David Austin

  • We’re Rooted Here & They Can't Pull Us Up by P. Bristow, L. Carty, A. Cooper, S. Hamilton, A. Shadd,

  • Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought by Enakshi Dua and Angela Robertson

  • Science quarrels sculpture: The politics of reading Sarah Baartman by Katherine McKittrick

  • Piece of my heart: A lesbian of colour anthology by Makeda Silvera

  • Viola Desmond's Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land by Graham Reynolds

  • North of the Color Line: Migration and Black Resistance in Canada, 1870-1955 by Sarah-Jane Mathieu

  • The Road to Now: A History of Blacks in Montreal by Dorothy Williams

  • Deemed Unsuitable: Blacks from Oklahoma Move to the Canadian Prairies in Search of Equality by Bruce R. Shepard

  • The First Black Prairie Novel by Katrina Vernon

  • Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature by Wayde Compton

  • No Place Like Home: African Refugees and the Emergence of a New Queer Frame of Reference by Notisha Massaquoi

  • Let The Niggers Burn: The Sir George Williams Affair & its Caribbean Aftermath by Dennis Forsythe

  • The Ethics of learning from Rwandan survivor communities by Umwali Sollange & MJ Rwigema

  • The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

  • Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill

  • On the destruction of Black communities: Razing Africville by Jennifer Nelson

  • Being Brown: A Very Public Life by Rosemary Brown

  • Natural Woman: The Search for Self in Black Canadian Women’s Literature by Sharon Morgan Beckford

  • On being Black in Canada: Black Berry, Sweet Juice by Lawrence Hill

  • A Place Called Heaven by Cecil Foster

  • Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora by Karen Flynn

  • Black Canadians by Joseph Mensah

  • Tireless champion for just causes : memoirs of Bromley L. Armstrong by Bromley Armstrong

  • My name's not George: The story of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters by John Cooper

  • Ma-Ka Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writing by Queers of African Descent by Debbie Douglas & co.

  • Niggers This Is Canada by Odimumba Kwamdela

  • Race On Trial: Black Defendants in Ontario's Criminal Courts by Barrington Walker

  • Colour Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900-1950 by Constance Backhouse

  • My Name's Not George: The Story of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters: Personal Reminiscences of Stanley G. Grizzle by Stanley G. Grizzle with John Cooper

  • The Hanging of Angelique by Afua Cooper

  • Native Song by David Woods

  • The Meeting Point by Austin Clarke

  • ‘Membering by Austin Clarke

  • Constellations of Black Radical Imagining Black Arts and Popular Education (anthology) editors: Luam Kidane and Hawa Mire

  • Live from the Afrikan Resistance by El Jones

  • Black Confrontation in Sixties Halifax by James W. St. G. Walker

  • Black Geographies and the Politics of Place by Katherine McKittrick (Editor), Clyde Woods (Editor)

  • Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle by Katherine McKittrick

  • Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought by Notisha Massaquoi (Editor), Njoki Nathani Wane (Editor)

  • The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black by Desmond Cole

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