Black Lives Matter Conference

York University, Toronto, Canada

May 6-7, 2016

The “Black Lives Matter: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Black Liberation and Activism” was a two-day event that took place on May 6-7, 2016 at York University in Toronto. The conference intended to highlight the development of liberation and activism among African-descended people in historical and contemporary settings. This conference, organized by graduate students from the Harriet Tubman Institute, had a panel discussion featuring members of the research done under the SHADD Biography Project entitled “Exploring the Personal and Political Through Historical Narratives” and chaired by Dr. Vanessa Oliveira.


Exploring the Personal and Political Through Historical Narratives


Chair | Dr. Vanessa Oliveira, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

1.30-3:00 PM 6/5/16


Kyle Prochnow, York University

African Elites in a British Colony: Exploring Race and Power in Early Colonial Gambia


Dadrien Brown, York University

Biographies of West Africans from the Era of the Slave Trade


Bruno Véras, York University

M.G. Baquaqua: Biography, Identity, and Self-Representation