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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):


  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


  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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