Black History Month

Black History Month

Message from President & Vice-Chancellor, Kevin Wamsley

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

February is Black History Month in Canada. Although celebrated for only a short period of time in our country's history, Black people and Black communities with historic roots in Canada have been making contributions across all sectors of society for hundreds of years. At Nipissing University, we celebrate the accomplishments of Black students, faculty, and staff members and their contributions in making our campus culture rich in academia, scholarship, the arts, and athletics, indeed, all aspects of campus life.

We celebrate their contributions to social justice advocacy, anti-racism, and for calls to action to promote equity, inclusion, and for the elimination of discrimination in all forms. We recognize the systemic racism and discrimination in Canadian post-secondary education, and we strive to eliminate these injustices at Nipissing University and in the community more broadly. Nipissing University celebrates the work of faculty, staff, and student organizations such as the Equity Centre, Students of Colour United, Nipissing University Black Association for Student Expression, and the Caucus of Racialized Persons. These groups are changing the campus culture at the university and have inspired comprehensive fundraising activities to establish BIPOC scholarships for the next generations of students.

Soon the university will engage in an equity audit, as we seek to collect data, to hear about the sometimes very difficult experiences of members of the campus community, to determine the systemic nature of discrimination at our institution, and to implement an action plan which establishes infrastructure and EDI planning.

Creating an inclusive community is the responsibility of all of its members. Let's come together as a community to celebrate Black History month and celebrate accomplishments together year-round. In February 2023, we will learn, for example, how to move forward with equity, diversity and inclusion strategies as a post-secondary institution; we will learn from the experiences of Black students in our academic programs.

Thank you to our students, faculty and staff members who have organized events and activities to celebrate Black History Month. You can view a list of events and educational resources on our Black History month webpage at:


Kevin B. Wamsley, PhD
President & Vice Chancellor



About Black History Month

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) Webinars



Films and Documentaries


Books and Articles

  • Benjamin, Ruha. Race after technology: abolitionist tools for the new Jim Code. Massachusetts: Wiley, 2019.
  • Coates, TaNehisi. Between the world and me. New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015.
  • Cole, Desmond. The skin we’re in: a year of Black resistance and power. Toronto: Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), 2020.
  • Collins, Patricia Hill. Black feminist thought: knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment. New York: Routledge, 2015
  • Cooper, Afua. The hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal. Brantford, Ontario: W. Ross MacDonald School Resource Services Library, 2019.
  • Diverlus, Rodney; Hudson, Sandy; Ware, Syrus Marcus. Until we are free: reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada. Toronto: CELA, 2020
  • French, Whitney. Black Writers Matter. University of Regina Press, 2019.
  • Hasford, Julian. “Dominant cultural narratives, racism, and resistance in the workplace: A Study of the experiences of young Black Canadians." American Journal of Community Psychology 57, no. 12 (2016): 15870. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12024.
  • Hooks, Bell. Black Looks Race and Representation. New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Kendi, Ibram X. How to be an antiracist. New York: One World, 2019.
  • Martis, Eternity. They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus and Growing Up. McClelland & Stewart. 2020.
  • Maynard, Robyn. Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from slavery to the present. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2018.
  • Mensah, Joseph. Black Canadians: History, experiences, social conditions. Halifax: Fernwood Publ., 2002.
  • Oluo, Ijeoma. So you want to talk about race. Basic Books, 2020.
  • Razack, Sherene. Race, space, and the law: Unmapping a White settler society. Brantford, Ontario: W. Ross MacDonald School Resource Services Library, 2017.
  • Rhoden, William C. Forty million dollar slaves: The rise, fall, and redemption of the Black athlete. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007. • Roberts, L.M.; Mayo, A.J.; Thomas, D.A. Race, work, & leadership: New perspectives on the Black experience. Harvard Business Review Press. 2019.
  • Walker, Barrington. Race on trial: black defendants in Ontario’s criminal courts, 1858-1958. Toronto: Published for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History by University of Toronto Press, 2011.
  • Walker, Barrington. The history of immigration and racism in Canada: essential readings. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2008.