October 27, 2022

CERLAC Resource Centre hosts ‘Black and Women’s Voices’ digital collection

A sample of documents that represent “Black and Women’s Voices” is now available in digitized format from the Resource Centre collections of York’s Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC).

A sampling of “Indigenous Voices” will follow soon  (https://vitacollections.ca/cerlacresourcecentre/search). The digitized materials form part of an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) project supported by the Office of the President, and they come from very large and unique collections of original historical documents on these and other topics.

The digitized “Black Voices” items reflect the persistence of racism in well-known events in Caribbean history, such as the banning of Black Power literature in Jamaica in 1968, the triumph of the New Jewel Movement in Grenada in 1979, the assassination of the Marxist historian Walter Rodney in Guyana in 1980, and the Haitian refugee exodus of 1980-81. Collectively, the documents presented at the digital site are relevant to scholars from a broad range of disciplines.

The digitization was completed by York graduate students Alexander Cramer and Sebastián Oreamuno in the Department of History and Department of Dance respectively. Professor Emeritus Liisa L. North in the Department of Politics, provided supervision.

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