First James Robinson Johnston Endowed Chair in Black Canadian Studies – 1996-2002 Archives

jrj_pict_plaqueThe James Robinson Johnston Endowed Chair in Black Canadian Studies is an unprecedented national initiative established to “bring Black culture, reality, perspectives, experiences and concerns into the Academy. ” A truly government-public collective effort and collaborative partnership between both institutions and individuals, the Johnston Chair was set up at Dalhousie University with the support of a $2.5 million endowment.

The Johnston Chair was set up at Dalhousie University and is symbolically named for James Robinson Johnston, the first African Nova Scotian university graduate, and the first from his Community to earn a law degree from Dalhousie Law School in 1898.

Following a national recruitment campaign to find a senior scholar, in 1996 Dalhousie University invited Quebec Human Rights Educator,
Esmeralda M.A. Thornhill to inaugurate, anchor and pilot the James Robinson Johnston Endowed Chair in Black Canadian Studies. Homed in Dalhousie’s then Faculty of Law, Professor Thornhill held the Chair from 1996-2002.

Visit the First James Robinson Johnston Endowed Chair in Black Canadian Studies
1996-2002 Archived Website.

Visit the “Racism & The Black World Response International Symposium’s”
2001 Archived Website

Visit the Johnston Chair Eminent Speakers’ Public Lecture Series (1996-2002)

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