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Town of York Historical Society (In-Person and Virtual): “Schooling the System: A History of Black Women Teachers” with Dr. Funke Aladejebi

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


We are thrilled to announce the speakers and dates for the Town of York Historical Society’s “Annual Author Series”! Presentations will begin promptly at 7pm and will be followed by a short question and answer period. This year, you have the option between joining us via Zoom or in-person.

About this event:

Dr. Funké Aladejebi will speak about her most recently published book, Schooling the System: A History of Black Women Teachers and her exploration of the intersections between race, gender and access in Canadian educational institutions.

“Using oral narratives to tell the story of black access and education in Ontario between the 1940s and the 1980s, Schooling the System provides textured insight into how issues of race, gender, class, geographic origin, and training shaped women’s distinct experiences within the profession. By valuing women’s voices and lived experiences, Dr. Funké Aladejebi illustrates that black women, as a diverse group, made vital contributions to the creation and development of anti-racist education in Canada.”

About the Author:

Funké Aladejebi is a scholar of the twentieth century with a specialization in Black Canadian history. In addition to being the author of her newly published book, Schooling the System, she is also the co-editor of Unsettling the Great White North: Black Canadian History. Her work explores the importance of Black Canadian women in sustaining their communities and preserving a distinct Black identity within restrictive gender and racial barriers. Dr. Aladejebi has been involved in a variety of community engagement and social justice initiatives in Toronto and her research interests are in oral history, the history of education in Canada, Black feminist thought and transnationalism.


October 27
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Town of York Historical Society
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