TORONTO, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 – Black History Month offers a dedicated space to celebrate the contributions of Black Canadians, but also to examine long-standing issues that many continue to face not only here in Canada, but around the world, including social and economic hardships. York University experts are available to comment on these and other topics.
York U social science professor Caroline Shenaz Hossein can discuss the social and solidarity economy, coops, mutual aid, microfinance banks and community economic development as it relates to the African diaspora. She is the editor of The Black Social Economy in the Americas: Exploring Diverse Community-based Markets and author of Politicized Microfinance: Money, Power and Violence in the Black Americas.
Professor Lorne Foster, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is available for media interviews on African Canadians in the country’s human rights movement, and other contributions to the development of Canada's human rights framework, as well as the issue of police carding.
Distinguished Research Professor Paul Lovejoy can discuss African diaspora and history, race and racism, slavery and his recent project “Freedom Narratives,” which strives to compile the narratives and life histories of those born into slavery in the Americas and is part of the "Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade” project.
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