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Black Experience in Canada

Resources related to Black History Month


The Ryerson Library can assist you in locating books, periodical articles and other materials relating to the Black experience in Canada. Contact the Library’s ASK A Librarian service for further information or for assistance with your research.


Augustine, Jean, Dauna Jones-Simmonds, and  Dr. Denise O'Neil Green. 100 accomplished Black Canadian women - 2018. Etobicoke, ON : 100ABCWomen, 2018.

Alexander, Lincoln M. “Go to school, you’re a little black boy”: the honourable Lincoln M. Toronto [Ont.] : Dundurn Press, c2006.

Bobb-Smith, Yvonne. I know who I am : a Caribbean woman's identity in Canada. Toronto : Women's Press, 2003.

Clarke, George Elliott. Odysseys home : mapping African-Canadian literature. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2002.

Cooper, Afua. The hanging of Angelique: the untold story of Canadian slavery and the burning of Old Montréal. Toronto : HarperCollins, c2006. HV6248.A53 C65 2006
Cole, Desmond. The Skin We’re In. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. 2020. FC106.B6 C65 2020
Francis, Flora Blizzard. A Black Canadian bibliography / Flora (Blizzard) Francis ; forward by Rita M. Cox. Ottawa : Pan-African Publications, 2000. Z1395.N39 F73 2000
Gadsby, Meredith M. Sucking salt: Caribbean women writers, migration, and survival. Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2006. PS153.C27 G33 2006
James, Carl [et al.] Race & well-being : the lives, hopes, and activism of African Canadians / Halifax : Fernwood, 2010. FC106.B6 R33 2010
Madibbo, Amal I. Minority within a minority: Black Francophone immigrants and the dynamics of power and resistance. New York : Routledge, 2006. FC3100.B6 M3 2006

Maynard, Robyn. Policing Black lives : state violence in Canada from slavery to the present. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing. 2017. FC106.B6 M39 2017

Mensah, Joseph. Black Canadians: history , experiences, social conditions. 2nd ed. Halifax, N.S. : Fernwood Pub., 2010. FC106.B6 M45 2010

Moynagh, Maureen. African-Canadian theatre / edited by . Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2005. PS8163 .A37 2005

Alexander : a memoir

Shadd, Adrienne L. The underground railroad: next stop, Toronto! Toronto : Natural Heritage Books c2002. FC3097.9.B6 S43 2002
Sylvester, S.P. Language of dissent: African Caribbean Canadian women writers. Jaipur : ABD Publishers, 2006. PR9188.2.C37 S95 2006
Teelucksingh, Jerome. The lost gospel: Christianity and Blacks in North America. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars, 2010. BR563.N4 T44 2010

Williams, Dawn P. Who’s who in Black Canada 2: Black success and Black excellence in Canada : a contemporary directory / . Toronto :  2006. FC106.B6 W54 2006

Walcott, Rinaldo and Idil Abdillahi. BlackLife : post-BLM and the struggle for freedom. Winnipeg: ARP Books. 2019

Walcott, Rinaldo. Black like who? : writing Black Canada. Toronto [Ont.] : Insomniac Press, c2003.

Walcott, Rinaldo. Rude : contemporary Black Canadian cultural criticism. Toronto : Insomniac Press, c2000.

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Recent Journal Articles

African Canadian women and new world diaspora, circa 1865. Nina Reid-Maroney. Canadian Woman Studies, winter 2004, vol. 23, no. 2, p.92-96.

The Black Church in Canada. Denise Gillard. McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry. 1998, vol. 1.

Black life in a nineteenth-century New Brunswick Town. Jennifer Harris. Journal of Canadian Studies. winter 2012, vol. 46, no. 1,  p.138-166.

Black Loyalist directory: African Americans in exile after the American Revolution. Nova Scotia Historical Review, 1996, vol. 16, no. 1, p.163-176.

Characteristics and migration experience of Africans in Canada with specific reference to Ghanaians in Greater Toronto. Kwadwo Konadu-Agyemang. Canadian Geographer, winter 1999, vol. 43, no. 4, p.400-414.

Constructing black women’s historical knowledge. Afua Cooper. Atlantis, vol. 25, no. 1, fall/winter 2000, p.39-50. HQ1180.A1 A85

Ghosts of Africville: former residents of Africville are still fighting municipal planning decisions in Nova Scotia. Denise Izzard Allen.  Alternatives Journal, vol. 29, no. 1, winter 2003,  p.18-19.

History of the Black church in Canada. Denise Gillard. Presbyterian Record, June 1999, vol. 123, no. 6, p.16-18.

Social identity and preferred ethnic/racial labels for Blacks in Canada. Boatswain, Sharon J.; Lalonde, Richard N. Journal of Black Psychology, May 2000, vol. 26, no. 2, p.216-234.

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Recent Journal Issues

Canadian Journal of Sociology.  Special Issue: African Canadians, Gender, and Sexuality/ Édition spéciale: Les afro-canadiens, le genre et la sexualité, vol. 44, no. 4 (2019)


The following bibliographies cite titles from the collections of a number of libraries. Ryerson’s Interlibrary Loans Service can assist you in obtaining any materials that aren’t available in the Ryerson Library.