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Resources for Black History Month


These resources specifically speak to primary source collections that could be used for instruction with primary sources, in student research assignments, and more! We encourage you to take a look at these resources and join the conversation by suggesting additions!

Do you have other suggestions for works that could be included on this list? We’d love to hear them! Let us know by tagging @CndHistAssoc on Twitter and using the hashtag#CHATeachingResourcesChat.

Black History Month Kick off
Online Event, Sunday January 30, 2022

Join the Ontario Black History Society in partnership with its lead sponsor TD Bank hosts the 34th annual Black History Month Kick-Off to recognize the histories and achievements of Black Canadians and fund-raise for their organization. The theme this year is “Home.” Partake in an exciting programme and enjoy a delectable dinner prepared and delivered by Chef Selwyn Richards (please note: delivery restrictions apply). Tickets are now on sale! Outside of the delivery area? There are ticket options. Interested in donating your meal to a community member/organization? We will take care of that for you.

Natasha Henry, President @NHenryFundi 

Ontario Black History Society @OBHistory 

#BHM2022 ! Thanks Jacqueline and Ordinary People Show for inviting me to chat and talk about our programme this year and Black history in Simcoe County. https://youtu.be/rqmOqjN5UXk.

Amerherst Freedom House (@@Aburgfreedom) https://amherstburgfreedom.org.

Hosts: “Mapping Ontario’s Black Archives: A Conversation” A Presentation by Dr. Cheryl Thompson and Dr. Karen Cyrus, Friday January 28, 2:00 PM ET.  ow.ly/GXJQ50H4Ez5.

Archival Resources

Active History. “Black History Education through the Archives of Ontario,” February 25, 2016. http://activehistory.ca/2016/02/black-history-education-through-the-archives-of-ontario/.

Concordia University – Black History Archives https://www.concordia.ca/news/stories/2021/08/31/montreals-black-history-archives-continue-to-grow-at-concordia.html?fbclid=IwAR1d4sS8Cufozl2ivXVgMVxzzwd9YK1zRoScij-F0IdZKv5-uOhkATcSyek.

Read more: Mills, Alexandra, Désirée Rochat, and Steven High. “Telling Stories from Montreal’s Negro Community Centre Fonds: The Archives as Community-Engaged Classroom.” Archivaria, May 10, 2020, 34–69. https://archivaria.ca/index.php/archivaria/article/view/13731.

NSHHA:  Northside Hip Hop Archive is a digital collection of Canadian hip-hop history and Culture. https://www.nshharchive.ca/.

Dr. Mark Campbell, Director (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/mark-campbell).

Halifax Municipal Archives. Remembering Africville, Source Guide. https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/municipal-archives/source-guides/africville-sources.

Images for Black History Month, Exploring the Alvin McCurdy Collection at the Archives of Ontario, http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/explore/online/alvin_mccurdy/index.aspx.

Slavery, Abolition, Emancipation and Freedom Primary Sources from Houghton Library, Harvard University. This digital collection includes documentation on teaching this material. https://curiosity.lib.harvard.edu/slavery-abolition-emancipation-and-freedom.

Vera, Samantha de. “We the Ladies … Have Been Deprived of a Voice: Uncovering Black Women’s Lives through the Colored Conventions Archive.” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, no. 27 (2018). https://www.19.bbk.ac.uk/articles/10.16995/ntn.835/.

Vernon, Karina, ed. The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2020.[JL1]   https://www.mcnallyrobinson.com/9781771123747/karina-vernon/the-black-prairie-archives

Resources on the Web

BC’s Black Pioneers: Their Industry and Character Influenced the Vision of Canada. This online exhibit features 20 stories, 9 videos and 86 gallery items that include images, photographs, maps, and archival documents; all are bilingual. https://bcblackhistory.ca/influencing-the-vision-of-canada/.

Historica Canada Education Portal: Black History in Canada Education Guide

Structured around themes of journey, slavery, human rights, passage to Canada and contemporary culture, this guide is designed to invite intermediate and middle school students to examine issues of identity, equality, community, and nation-building in both a historical and contemporary context. http://education.historicacanada.ca/en/tools/40.

Beaugrand-Champagne, Denyse, and Leon Robichaud. “Torture and Truth: Angélique and the Burning of Montreal.” Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History, 2006. https://www.canadianmysteries.ca/sites/angelique/accueil/createurs/indexen.html.

Wilson Centre, Recorded Event, for International Underground Railroad Month. September 2021 https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/international-underground-railroad-month-event.

Washington Post Database of Congressional Slave Owners: https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/interactive/2022/congress-slaveowners-names-list/.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture https://archive-it.org/home/schomburgcenter . 

Archived since: Oct, 2017
Inspired by the #Syllabi have been developed by educators, activists, organizations, and community members since 2014, the #Syllabus web archive collection aims to web archive Black-authored and Black-related educational resources to document Black studies, movements, and experiences in the twenty-first century.
Preferred Citation:https://archive-it.org/collections/9674?fc=meta_Preferred_Citation%3A%5BItem%5D%2C+Schomburg+Center+for+Research+in+Black+Culture%2C+%23Syllabus+Web+Archive+Collection+%E2%80%93+Archive-It%2C+The+New+York+Public+Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, #Syllabus Web Archive Collection – Archive-It, The New York Public Library. Related Resource:  https://www.nypl.org/spotlight/schomburg-syllabushttps://archive-it.org/collections/9674.

Secondary Sources

Aladejebi, Funké. “Send Little Outbursts across the School: Black Women Teachers and Micro-Resistive Strategies in Ontario Schools, 1960s-1980s.” Education Matters 4 (1) (2015): 16-22.

Byrd, Ayana D., and Lori L. Tharps. Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. New York: St. Martin’s Griffiths, 2001.

Davis, Andrea. Horizon, Sea, Sound: Caribbean and African Women’s Cultural Critiques of Nation. Critical Insurgencies. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2022.

Flynn, Karen, Massaquoi, N., & Ray, L., “Care(ful) Disruption: Privileging Indigenous and Black Women’s Standpoints on Care and Healing” Gender and History 33(3) (2021): 594-607.

Johnson, Michele A., and Funké Aladejebi, eds. Unsettling the Great White North: Black Canadian History. Toronto Buffalo London: University of Toronto Press, 2021.

Laely, Thomas, Marc Meyer, Raphael Schwere, Universität Zürich, and Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Afrikastudien, eds. Museum Cooperation between Africa and Europe: A New Field for Museum Studies. Museum, volume 33. Bielefeld : Kampala: Transcript ; Fountain Publishers, 2018.

Lobo, Rachel. “Archive as Prefigurative Space:  Our Lives and Black Feminism in Canada.” Archivaria, no. 87 (2019): 68–86.

Rooks, Noliwe M. Hair Raising: Beauty, Culture, and African American Women. NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996.

Yee, Shirley J. “Gender Ideology and Black Women as Community-Builders in Ontario, 1850–70.” The Canadian Historical Review 102, no. 6 (2021): s615–31.

Film Resources

Assih, Gentille M. Into the Light. National Film Board of Canada, 2020. https://www.nfb.ca/film/into-the-light/.

Chartrand, Martine. Black Soul. National Film Board of Canada, 2000. https://www.nfb.ca/film/black_soul/.

Foggo, Cheryl. John Ware Reclaimed. National Film Board of Canada, 2020. https://www.nfb.ca/film/john-ware-reclaimed/.

Hamilton, Sylvia. Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia. National Film Board of Canada, 1992. https://www.nfb.ca/film/speak_it_from_heart_of_black_nova_scotia/.

Hamilton, Sylvia, and Claire Prieto. Black Mother Black Daughter. Streaming. National Film Board of Canada, 1989. https://www.nfb.ca/film/black_mother_black_daughter/.

Mackenzie, Shelagh. Remember Africville. National Film Board of Canada, 1991. https://www.nfb.ca/film/remember-africville/.

Rankaduwa, Sandamini. Ice Breakers. National Film Board of Canada, 2019. https://www.nfb.ca/film/ice-breakers/.

Sobaz, Benjamin. Race Is a Four-Letter Word. National Film Board of Canada, 2006. https://www.nfb.ca/film/race_is_a_four-letter_word/.

St. Philip, Elizabeth. The Colour of Beauty. National Film Board of Canada, 2010. https://www.nfb.ca/film/colour_of_beauty/.

Sutherland, David, and Jennifer Holness. Speakers for the Dead. National Film Board of Canada, 2000. https://www.nfb.ca/film/speakers-for-the-dead/.

Thornhill, Dan. Black History Month 2015 Virtual Classroom: The Power of Mentoring, Diversity and Dreaming Big. National Film Board of Canada, 2015. https://www.nfb.ca/film/black_history_month_2015_virtual_classroom/.

We are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies tells the story of a wave of African American immigrants who moved to Alberta and Saskatchewan between 1905-1912 to escape racism and persecution in the United States. https://player.vimeo.com/video/257364347?title=0&portrait=0&badge=0.

Who should you follow for more? Here are some suggestions!

Natasha Henry https://twitter.com/NHenryFundi

Cheryl Thompson  @DrCherylT drcherylthompson.com

Stephanie Allen @builtjustice

Afua Cooper @afuacooper

Barrington Walker @ProfWlkr

Black Perspectives  @BlkPerspectives https://twitter.com/BlkPerspectives #BlackPerspectives is the award-winning blog of the African American Intellectual #History Society (@AAIHS). Subscribe today: http://bit.ly/33wYyxB.

Ida Bae Wells @nhannahjones

//Slanderous & nasty-minded mulattress//Co-founder http://idabwellssociety.org //smart&thuggish//Knight Chair //https://twitter.com/search?q=%231619Project&src=hashtag_click. //.

blackgirlarchivist@blkgrlarchivist. Archivist. Activist. Storyteller. Founder, Project STAND http://standarchives.com. Only My Thoughts. Creator of reparative archive framework. Protected by my ancestors!

tonia sutherland@toniasutherland thinker. writer. lover. scholar of archives, digital cultures. island girl. she/her. @centerforcrds https://twitter.com/centerforcrds

Bergis Jules @BergisJules. Work with @shift_collectiv and @documentnow| Archivist | Immigrant | Still trying to get a PhD at @ucriverside  shiftcollective.us.

Foundation For Black Communities @FdnBlkComm forblackcommunities.org.

African & Black History @AfricanArchives moishistoiredesnoirs.com @lemoisdesnoirs.

History Television Premier


Saturdays 9:00pm | Premieres February 26
BLK: An Origin Story – four 60-minute episodes, explores the deep historic impact of Black presence in Canada. Executive produced by Jen Holness and Sudz Sutherland, BLK: An Origin Story is helmed by Hungry Eyes’ award-winning production team, who takes viewers on a nationwide journey through time to discover the untold story of Blacks in Canada and their legacy, which dates back to 1608.