Course Description

This course delves into the local to global trajectory, examining patterns, parallels, connections, and transformations in the lives of people of African descent since their arrival in Canada in the 1700s. Our focus will span from the migration of African peoples to Canada, to the Civil Rights Movement and the growth of political activism in the Black community. Throughout the course, we will center on the experiences of Black Canadians, both past and present, highlighting successes, triumphs, as well as addressing the issues and barriers faced by many in the Black Canadian community. Sessions will include films, interactive activities, and guest speakers for a comprehensive learning experience. The goal of this course is to provide valuable insights and foster a deeper understanding of the rich and diverse history of the Black community in Canada.

Course Director

Rachel Luke
Rachel Luke is currently the Instructional Coordinator for African, Black and Afro-Caribbean Student Success at the Peel District School Board. Prior to this, she taught English, Dramatic Arts, English as a Second Language, Black Canadian History and was a Teacher Librarian at  Glenforest Secondary School for 20 years. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s National Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2020 she was awarded a Regional Certificate of Achievement for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.

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Rachel Luke

Term and Time

Fall 2024 – starting September 13
12:50 pm on Friday afternoon
Room TBA in York Hall

Course Outline

Two weeks before the course starts, you can download a printable PDF giving the 10-week detailed course outline.

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Lecture Notes

Links to resources such as additional reading or play lists are provided here as the Course Director makes them available during term. Like the course outline, lecture notes open in a new browser tab so that you can download and print them.


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