African Canadian Leadership: Continuity, Transition, and Transformation

Edited by Tamari Kitossa, Erica S. Lawson, and Philip S.S. Howard

© 2019

Challenging the myth of African Canadian leadership "in crisis," this book opens a broad vista of inquiry into the many and dynamic ways leadership practices occur in Black Canadian communities. Exploring topics including Black women’s contributions to African Canadian communities, the Black Lives Matter movement, Black LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS advocacy, motherhood and grieving, mentoring, and anti-racism, contributors appraise the complex history and contemporary reality of blackness and leadership in Canada.

With Canada as a complex site of Black diasporas, contributors offer an account of multiple forms of leadership and suggest that through surveillance and disruption, practices of self-determined Black leadership are incompatible with, and threatening to, White "structures" of power in Canada. As a whole, African Canadian Leadership offers perspectives that are complex, non-aligned, and in critical conversation about class, gender, sexuality, and the politics of African Canadian communities.

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This book is the product of voices and perspectives from African Canadian intellectuals across Canada on leadership and African Canadian communities.

African Canadian Leadership: Continuity, Transition, and Transformation

Edited by Tamari Kitossa, Erica S. Lawson, and Philip S.S. Howard

© 2019

Challenging the myth of African Canadian leadership "in crisis," this book opens a broad vista of inquiry into the many and dynamic ways leadership practices occur in Black Canadian communities. Exploring topics including Black women’s contributions to African Canadian communities, the Black Lives Matter movement, Black LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS advocacy, motherhood and grieving, mentoring, and anti-racism, contributors appraise the complex history and contemporary reality of blackness and leadership in Canada.

With Canada as a complex site of Black diasporas, contributors offer an account of multiple forms of leadership and suggest that through surveillance and disruption, practices of self-determined Black leadership are incompatible with, and threatening to, White "structures" of power in Canada. As a whole, African Canadian Leadership offers perspectives that are complex, non-aligned, and in critical conversation about class, gender, sexuality, and the politics of African Canadian communities.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "With sound research, this volume makes it clear that violence is evident in the socio-economic and political marginalization that African Canadians, and African Canadian leaders face as they spearhead community-based movements towards alleviating inequality."


    Michele A. Johnson, Professor, Department of History, York University.
  • Author Information

    Tamari Kitossa is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University.


    Erica S. Lawson is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at The University of Western Ontario.


    Philip S.S. Howard is an assistant professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Interrogating the Notion of Crisis in African Canadian Leadership
    Tamari Kitossa, Brock University, Erica S. Lawson, University of Western Ontario, and Philip S.S. Howard

    Part One: Models and Theories
    1. Black Leadership and White Logic: Models of Community Engagement
    Carl E. James, York University
    2. War on Multiple Fronts: Black Leadership and Backlash Politics in the Context of Policing Controversies
    Christopher J. Williams, Anti-Racism Directorate
    3. African Canadian Leadership and the Metaphoricality of "Crisis": Toward Theorizing, Research, and Practice
    Tamari Kitossa, Brock University
    4. African Canadian Leadership: Pan-Africanism, Trans-nationality, and Community Organizing
    Amoaba Gooden, Kent State University

    Part Two: Women and Leadership
    5. To Commit and to Lead: Black Women Organizing across Communities in Montreal
    Rosalind Hampton, University of Toronto - OISE and Désirée Rochat, McGill University
    6. Standing Firm on Uneven Ground: A Letter to Black Women on Academic Leadership
    Annette Henry, University of Britsh Columbia
    7. Mercy for Their Children: A Feminist Reading of Black Women’s Maternal Activism and Leadership Practice
    Erica S. Lawson, University of Western Ontario

    Part Three: Organizing and Mobilizing
    8. Forging Fortuity, Asserting Humanity: The Emotional Labour and Resistance of Black Racial Equity Leaders in Predominantly White Institutions
    Philip S.S. Howard
    9. "Movin’ On Up" in the Age of Neoliberalism: Reflections on Black Middle-Class Consciousness and the Implications for Black Unity, Leadership, and Activism
    Kevin Gosine, Brock University
    10. Building Capacity and Making History: African Canadian Leadership in Ontario’s HIV/AIDS Sector
    Shamara Baidoobonso, Research Committee of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario

    Part Four: The Politics of the Personal
    11. Black Consciousness and the Sexual Politics of Black Leadership in Toronto: A Commentary
    Wesley Crichlow, University of Ontario Institute Technology
    12. "Is There No Balm in Gilead?" The Search for Radical Leadership in the Black Church of the Twenty-First Century
    Paul Banahene Adjei, Memorial University
    Part Five: Black Intellectuals
    13. An Indigenous Africentric Perspective on Black Leadership
    George J. Sefa Dei, University of Toronto - OISE
    14. Just Below the Threshold: A Conversation with David Austin on Black Leadership
    Sam Tecle, York University and David Austin, John Abbott College

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