The History of Black Studies Center (BSC)
One of the key purposes of the Black Studies Center (BSC) is the creation of a documentation system for the preservation of the history of Blacks in Quebec and Canada. One aspect is the collection and maintenance of data on the the demographics of Blacks in Canada. The BSC archive has an 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; documents about Black Community Organizations; A Gallery of Exemplar Blacks (1950 to Present); demographic databases, It has a library of Black Journals and community Magazines, material from Community workshops, briefs to commissions, course materials on small business startups for minority entrepreneurs and organizational literacy. Work continues in Collaboration with the ICED, John Molson School of Business in building a network of communication information digitized centers for sharing information between community development agencies. This work is based on new development in information sharing across disciplines; and the informing sciences.