Experts: Black history and diaspora



York U experts available to comment on Black history and diaspora topics

TORONTO, February 6, 2017 - February is Black History Month in Canada. Should the focus on the contributions of Black Canadians be confined to one month of the year? Is there still a need for Black History Month?

While the debate continues, York University experts are available to comment on these and other topics including the struggles and successes of Black Canadians:

Professor Andrea Davis, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, is available for comment on Black Canadians’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canadian society, particularly in the context of the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. Her topics of expertise also include, Black Canadian literature and theatre, social history of the African diaspora, and Jamaican immigrants in Canada.

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. Foster, whose recent report on police carding of Black drivers received much media attention, is available to comment on racial profiling of Black Canadians.

Professor Carl James, Faculty of Education, is available for media interviews on the lives of Black youth in Canada; masculinity and young Black males; education and schooling of Black students; identity issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, gender and immigration status; and multiculturalism and race relations. Author of “The Alchemy of Sport and the Role of Media in the Education of Black Youth”, James is also available to discuss the role of media in shaping Black youth’s interest in athletics and education.


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