February is Black History Month and Carleton experts are available to comment on related topics.

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Gerald Grant
Professor, Sprott School of Business at Carleton University

Email: Gerald.Grant@carleton.ca

Grant is the Director of the Centre for Information Technology, Organizations, and People and the principal investigator for the Black Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (BEKH).

BEKH is a critical pillar in the Black Entrepreneurship Program funded by the federal government through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The BEKH seeks to build a robust knowledge base for Black entrepreneurship in Canada. It focuses on closing the gaps in information, research, and statistics about Black entrepreneurs, the businesses they are engaged in, and their needs for business support, access to funding, and business and technical know-how to help their businesses grow sustainably into the future.

For more on Grant visit: https://sprott.carleton.ca/profile/gerald-grant/

Evelyn Namakula Mayanja
Professor, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University

Email: evelyn.mayanja@carleton.ca

Mayanja can speak to issues of racism, anti-Black racism, Blackness and mineral extraction, migration, and violence and human rights.

Mayanja is passionate about global peace and security, with focus on Africa. Her research follows trajectories of critical theory, decoloniality, phenomenology, Afrocentricity and African Indigenous philosophy to explore issues around the international political economy of resources, race, politics, and governance in global systems of accumulation and international relations.

Her research centers on the agency, interests, human rights and human security of those marginalized by colonial systems of oppression, resource looting, environmental destruction, authoritarianism and political repression.

For more on Mayanja visit: https://carleton.ca/iis/people/evelyn-namakula/

Amina Mire
Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University

Email: Amina.Mire@carleton.ca

Mire believes Black History Month in Canada should focus on issues pertaining to Canada instead of recycling American narratives. For example, she is interested in discussing how the implementation of the Fugitive Slave Act in the United States was one of the primary reasons African Americans sought shelter from the slave catchers in Canada.

Her research interests include the racialization and bio-medicalization of women’s bodies and skin, and anti-racist and anti-colonial research.

Mire’s current research examines changing skin-whitening technologies by tracing their emergence from colonial encounters, in which white skin was accorded social and cultural capital, toward the contemporary global marketing of biotechnology products that promise smooth, brightened and youthful-looking skin to affluent women.

For more on Mire visit: https://experts.carleton.ca/amina-mire

Samuel Ojo Oloruntoba
Professor, Institute of African Studies at Carleton University

Email: SamuelOjoOloruntoba@cunet.carleton.ca

Oloruntoba can discuss the African Continental Free Trade Area that launched in Africa recently and how Canada can benefit from this. He can also discuss the contributions of Africans in the diaspora to civil rights and democratic movements.

Oloruntoba is the principal investigator of the intercontinental research project on Indigenous knowledge and youth entrepreneurship in Africa.

His research interests are in the political economy of development in Africa, regional integration, Indigenous knowledge and politics of knowledge production, migration, global governance of trade and finance, politics of natural resources governance, and EU-African Relations.

For more on Oloruntoba visit: https://carleton.ca/africanstudies/people/samuel-ojo-oloruntoba/

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