Boarded up. Black Power closes a store



These "islands" could be referring to the countries and territories of the Caribbean. However, I am also acknowledging the "islands" of space, place, and belonging in urban North America. This is an ongoing public historical archive of "Black Toronto", using spatial analytic software to transform analog documents into a multidimensional interactive mapping exhibition.

Blacks have been living in Canada for more than 250 years; says author Headley Tullock; yet few of them are made aware of the rich part they have played in this country's history and heritage.


Black Canadian

As Katherine McKittrick (2002) argues, "geographical tensions reveal how place and space are processes rather than unchanging homogeneous locations..."
Through this CARTO exhibit, I've created an on-going collection of sites with cultural/social significance to the black Caribbean/Canadian community in Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I cover most of the twentieth century, discovering points of rupture through spaces of spatial and social domination.

Day of learning: Jennifer Beckford; 9; left; Shanique Francis; 6; and Stacey Gordon; 10; check out T-shirts commemorating Black History month.


Visual Timeline

an interactive timeline of Black Toronto during the twentieth century using text, photographs, video, and sound.


Database Powered Through OMEKA

Examine the items collected and archive in this OMEKA database. With over 300 spaces and places recorded (and counting), Islands in the North becomes a contribution to Canadian and Black Atlantic scholarship and societies.

Curriculum Vitae

Respect the Process

My professional experience, education, and other achievements.


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