Delvina E. Bernard
Education is a primary site of social change for people of African descent in Nova Scotia, which is why centuries of systemic neglect and racial inequities in the public school system have failed to suppress the creativity, resilience and resourcefulness of African Nova Scotian learners and their desire to succeed. This collection of articles by African Nova Scotian educators brings together new and enlightening research and analyses that go beyond education alone. Each chapter offers personal critical reflections and theory-building in Africentricity and lifelong learning. The perspectives of these authors present important challenges to novice and experienced educators as well as to laypersons. The book highlights such topics as honouring the knowledge of our elders, the role of parental involvement in Black students’ academic achievement, racial identity development, Africentric schooling, Canadian Black feminism and African spirituality. Theorizing Africentricity in Action: Who We Are Is What We See reveals the innate ability of Black people to re-invent themselves in the face of oppressive conditions and still remain intact as Africans – culturally, spiritually and psychologically.