Resistance Is Our Ancestral Knowledge: Incorporating Roots of Resistance into the Education of Adolescent Afro-Caribbean Girls in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

  • Kimberley Moore
  • Celine D. Gibbons-Taylor


This chapter demonstrates how and why narratives of resistance by Afro-Caribbean women are a transformative force that needs to be incorporated in the schooling of Afro-Caribbean girls in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). To start, we briefly discuss how Black women resisted the conditions of enslavement in the Caribbean. We follow by situating modern forms of resistance within this history so as to reveal how capitalizing on Afro-Caribbean resistances oversimplifies that which can be used to educate Afro-Caribbean girls. Our discussion of these past and present forms of resistance demonstrates the importance of ensuring that Afro-Caribbean girls in the GTA have access to this information. To secure this access, we propose a strengths-based program be implemented for Afro-Caribbean girls that demonstrates how they can mobilize these inherited narratives of resistance in strategic, purposeful ways.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberley Moore
    • 1
  • Celine D. Gibbons-Taylor
    • 2
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Queen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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