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Black Studies Center
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The Black Studies Center (BSC) Montreal Inc is a registered charity. The mission and mandate of the organization are set out in its letters patent, part II of the Quebec company Act. The organization received its charter, January 4, 1973. The BSC reports on an Annual basis to the Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada. Its activities and operations are published and made accessible to the Canadian Public through public notices and on request from the Charities Division of the Federal Government. It Board of Directors constitute the single and only legislating agency subject to the Quebec Civil Code and the laws set out in the Quebec and the Canadian Company acts. The organization presents education workshops, conferences and cultural exhibits. It has housed and incubated many community organizations ( the Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal, The Black Community Council of Quebec, the Quebec Board of Black Educators, Women on the Rise); and several small businesses. It partners with other organizations and higher educational institutions (such as Concordia University) to provide management and communication skills to community based organizations, and to the youth in minority communities. A major object of the organization is to set up a capital fund to support the social and economic growth and development of members of the Blacks communities; and to work with public agencies and other partners to facilitate their fuller integration into the social, political, and economic decision making processes of Quebec. The organization was a member of the federation of organizations called the Black Community Council of Quebec (BCCQ); and is represented on the Board of the Black Community Resource Center. It has conducted extensive research on the social, political and economic status of Blacks in Montreal and Canada; and presented several briefs on the issues to all levels of Government; and to the general public and commissions.
The BSC is an information gathering and informing agency that has extensive archive holdings documenting the history of Blacks in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. One aspect is the collection and maintenance of data on the demographics of Blacks in Canada. The BSC archives have their early beginning in research conducted by a team of Black activists working under the direction of Dr. Clarence Bayne as founder and Executive Director of the Montreal based Research Institute of the National Black Coalition of Canada (1971). The Research Institute was closed in 1974, due to funding and management problems under the direction of Dr. Lemuel Sealey (See “Cancelled LIP Grant to Blacks May be revived, “ Montreal Star, March, 1974). The early work of Bayne and his research group consisting of Dr. Yussuf Naim Kly (See book, International Law and the Black Minority in the U.S.), Fred Anderson, Gordon Sadul, Joy Sitahal and Louis Gonzalez was transferred (1974 and 1975) to the BSC by the Late Roy States (Secretary of the NBCC). The BSC has built on this documentation, developing a pictorial history and digitized Exhibit of Blacks in Quebec; gathering and storing documents about Black Community Organizations; building a gallery of exemplar Blacks (1950 to present); creating demographic databases. It has a library of Black Journals and community Magazines, material from Community workshops, briefs to commissions, course materials on small business start ups for minority entrepreneurs and organizational literacy.
Work continues in collaboration with the ICED, John Molson School of Business, in building a net work of communication information digitized centers for sharing information between community development agencies. This work is based on new developments in information sharing across disciplines; and supported by the evolving discipline of an “informing science”.
In 1972 the BSC bought a building located at 1968 De Maisonneuve Blvd, where its activities were housed up until November2014. It sold that asset in November 2014 and created the BSC Charitable Activity Funding Program, a capital managed investment fund dedicated to the mission, and charitable objectives of the organization. Revenues generated by the investment fund is used finance the cost of its new archive space located at 3333 Cavendish Blvd. Suite 340. Some of its archive holdings are being digitized with partial funding from Libraries and Archives, Canada. The work can be viewed at http://bscportal.wordpress.com. Do search for “Black Studies Archives”.
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