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Black Immigrants in North America

Essays on Race, Immigration, Identity, Language, Hip-Hop, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Becoming Black

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October 2019
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    Myers Education Press
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  • Pages 256 pp.
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October 2019
9781975501983
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    Myers Education Press
  • ISBN 9781975501983
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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October 2019
9781975501969
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    Myers Education Press
  • ISBN 9781975501969
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  • Pages 256 pp.
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The first wave of Black immigrants arrived in North America during the 1960s and 1970s, coming originally from the Caribbean. An opportunity was missed, however, in documenting their everyday experience from a social science perspective: what did it mean for a Barbadian or a Jamaican to live in Toronto or New York? Were they Jamaicans or did they go with the descriptor ‘Black’? What relationship did they have with African Canadians or African Americans? Black Immigrants in North America answers these and other questions while documenting the second wave of Black immigration to North America, which started in the early 1990s. Theoretically and empirically grounded, the book is a documentation of the process of becoming Black – a radical identity transformation where a continental African is marked by Blackness. This, in turn, leads to a deeper understanding of what it means to encounter that social imaginary of, ‘Oh, they all look like Blacks to me!’ This encounter impacts what one learns and how one learns it, where learning English as a Second Language (ESL) is sidestepped in favor of Black English as a Second Language (BESL). Learning becomes a political and a pedagogical project of cultural, linguistic and identity investment and desire.

Awad Ibrahim

Awad Ibrahim is an award-winning author and a Professor on the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a Curriculum Theorist with a special interest in diasporic and continental African identities; cultural studies; applied linguistics; Hip-Hop; youth and Black popular culture; philosophy and sociology of education; social justice; and ethnography. He was born in Sudan and arrived in Canada, through the U.S., as a refugee. He has published more than 100 books and journal articles.

African/African American Studies, Sociology, Ethnography, Critical Education, critical race studies, Black immigrants, African immigrants, becoming Black, BESL