Searching for a Black Pacific: An Alternative Archive


As a white scholar interacting with historical scenes and sources that I have little, if any, connection to, this paper is indebted and dedicated to the ongoing work, activism, and scholarship of many members of the black community in Canada and beyond its colonial borders. To name some of many: Peter Hudson, writer, activist, professor and editor of diaspora magazine; Charmaine Nelson, author and researcher of art history and black art in Canada; Lorena Gale, playwright, performer and actor; Wayde Compton, writer and professor of creative writing and founder of the Hogan’s Alley Society; and finally, david george morgan, artist, archivist, activist and friend without whom none of this research would have been possible. Each conversation with dg proved more informative and productive than myriad books.

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