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Afua Cooper: My 30-year effort to bring Black studies to Canadian universities is still an upward battle

By Afua Cooper, professor of Black Studies, Dalhousie University
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Since my time as a graduate student to my present appointment as professor at Dalhousie University, I have been involved with championing and developing Black studies in universities and beyond.

Previously, within Canadian universities, not many scholars who work in creating knowledge about Black people called it Black studies. For many, “Black studies” was something that happened in the United States. In the 1990s, as a doctoral student conducting research in Black Canadian history, I developed and taught courses that…

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