Anti-Black Racism in Education: School Leaders’ Journey of Resistance and Hope

  • Ann E. LopezEmail author
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Anti-Black racism is present in Canadian society and schools, but often buried within a multiculturalism discourse. Black educators in Canadian schools experience discrimination, exclusion, and oppression grounded in anti-Black racism which is often not acknowledged in the inclusion, diversity, and equity discourse. In this chapter, drawing on Critical Race Theory, my own lived experiences as a former secondary school teacher and administrator in Ontario, Canada, and research I conducted, I examine the impact of anti-Black racism on Black school leaders in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Utilizing a narrative inquiry approach, I explore the impact of anti-Black racism on their leadership journey. Data continue to show that while the student population in the GTA is becoming increasingly more diverse, those in formal positions of leadership remain predominantly White. The absence of Black bodies in positions of leadership in education is not due to a lack of interest by Black people in leadership but the result of historical barriers and systemic oppression. Through these narratives, I seek to highlight the harm done when anti-Black racism is not challenged and suggest policies and practices focused on the recruitment, retention, and support of Black school leaders.


Anti-Black racism Critical race theory Decolonizing education School leadership Narrative Inquiry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult EducationOntario Institute for Studies in Education, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Khalid Arar
    • 1
  • Kadir Beycioglu
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationAl-Qasemi Academic College of EducationBaqa ElgarbiaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Educational Sciences, Buca Faculty of EducationDokuz Eylul UniversityIzmirTurkey

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