Across the nation, we the people are responding.
Every community has something to contribute. The observance you plan will reflect your local story and your values! An observance can be anything you like: a performance, an exhibit, a tree planting, a citywide potluck, a concert.
The New School’s College of Performing Arts, in conjunction with the 400 Years of Inequality Organizing Committee and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, will host an evening featuring several readings from Voices of a People’s History performed by students from the School of Drama and special guests as well as musical performances by students from the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music with special guests.
On October 20th, a solemn observance of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in the U.S. will be held at The Riverside Church. This multi-faith service is presented by The Riverside Church, Union Theological Seminary, and 400 years of Inequality. Reverend William Barber, a founder of the Poor People’s Campaign, will give the homily.
Join us for a conversation with historian Jamon Jordan of Black Scroll Network and equity advocate Lauren Hood to discuss Detroit's place in the larger American story, how 1619 shaped our city & region today, and what we can each do to refuse to reproduce structures of dehumanization & inequity as we build a better future together.
In collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Film/Video Department, and in the realm of the “400 Years of Inequality” initiative, Black Lives Matter Pratt will screen Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th featuring a post-screening discussion facilitated by Katherine Cheairs.
Reducing Youth Involvement with the Criminal Justice System is part of the 400 Years of Inequity Series, focusing on youth involvement in the criminal justice system, specifically in New Jersey. Speakers will include those from Rutgers, the Newark public school system, and community-based organizations.
This observance pays homage to the people of Harlem: Racing against the dynamic forces of gentrification and time, the documentary, "In the Face of What We Remember: Oral Histories of 409 and 555 Edgecombe Avenue, "captures the extraordinary history of two Harlem buildings that were, perhaps, the social, political, and cultural epicenter of the Black World.
Moral philosopher Susan Neiman’s new book Learning from the Germans combines philosophical reflection, personal stories, and interviews with Americans and Germans grappling with their respective national histories. She is joined in conversation by UCLA history and African American studies professor Brenda Stevenson, author of What is Slavery? among other books.
A teach-in observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the shores of Jamestown, Virginia. Over the course of five hours, anyone can delve into American and trans-Atlantic history from 1619 to the present, engaging with historical facts and learning more about their profound ramifications to this country.
Produced as part of the L.A. Rebellion film movement, the film examines gender, relationships between enslaved people, colorism, cultural conflicts, and religion. Sankofa expertly conveys the vantage point of the enslaved people, balancing the realistic portrayal of both oppression and resistance Followed by a Q&A with director Haile Gerima and UCLA history and African American studies professor Brenda Stevenson.
The Center for Urban and Racial Equity is hosting 400 Years: And Still We Rise Storytelling Event on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in Washington, DC in celebration of the strength, survival and resiliency of black people in America. The event will feature a local live band and eight dynamic storytellers who will help us lift up our collective stories of struggle, perserverance, triumph, hope and vision for a just future.
As a kickoff to the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) 47th annual conference being held in Brooklyn, the New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA) and BlackSpace are partnering on a joint event on Wednesday, October 16th; an opportunity for conference attendees and volunteers to participate in a Black heritage conservation and future-making design initiative.
White Supremacy. Microaggressions. Black Lives Matter. Reparations. The issues are urgent, the conversation moving at breakneck speed, but is our country heading forward, or backward? Author, speaker, preacher and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson is joined by Heather McGhee, former head of Demos and Brooklyn Community Foundation Fair and Just Fellow, for this discussion on America’s essential race question.
The New York Times Magazine observed the anniversary of enslaved Africans arriving in Jamestown in 1619 with a special project that examines the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States, with an event August 13 and a special issue of the New York Times Magazine.
Mary Travis Bassett, former NYC Commissioner of Health and currently Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and Harriet Washington, author of the award-winning Medical Apartheidand, most recently, A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault of the American Mind, explore the complicated history and ramifications of our county’s race-based health inequalities.
Brooklyn Historical Society hosts a conversation, moderated by Kai Wright, with Richard Rothstein, April de Simone, Sarita Daftary-Steel, and Catherine Green on Redlining—the systematically racist banking practice of denying loans to people of color in post-WWII urban neighborhoods— and the intense discrimination that persists as non-white communities face continuous exclusion from the “American Dream” of homeownership.
The scars we still bear as a country from slavery, an institution that endured for centuries, are evident in countless facets of our society, including the significant health inequalities that persist throughout the United States. In recognition of this anniversary, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is organizing a number of talks and events that will take place on Monday, October 14 to educate and engage our community.
La MaMa, with the Poetry Project and other artists, respond to and reflect upon the 400 years since the British founding of Jamestown through historical text, poetry, music and dance. The often-shameful history from 1619 to the present is marked by ruthless colonization, centuries of slavery and racism, the demonization of immigrants and the marginalization of entire social classes.
This panel explores tangible proposals that might also represent, in the words of Ta-Nehisi Coates, a “national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal.” UCLA history professor Brenda Stevenson moderates a conversation with UC Riverside history and education professor V.P. Franklin and labor economist and author Julianne Malveaux.
This day-long symposium will kick off a year of events at UC Berkeley to mark the 400 year anniversary of the beginning of slavery in North America. The events are being co-organized by the Haas Institute, the African American studies and history departments, the African American Student Development Center, and the Black Staff & Faculty Organization.
Socrates Sculpture Park invites the community on October 12 to gather with us for “A People’s Observance For A Just Future” in conjunction with the 400 Years of Inequality initiative, aiming to nationally acknowledge and reflect upon the 400 years since Africans were first brought to Jamestown to be sold into bondage.
HERE Artist in Residence Zoey Martinson will present a student/educator preview of Black History Museum…According to the United States of America (BHM). This new production by Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative takes the form of a theatrical museum that delves into the fraught relationship between Black bodies and the value America has placed on those bodies.
When filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history, she and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Browne, who testified in June at the House Judiciary Committee hearing on reparations, will discuss issues of racism today following the screening.
Montclair Public Library, October 15th, 2019: The book Slavery’s Descendants brings together contributors who are members of a national racial reconciliation organization called Coming to the Table, to tell their stories of dealing with America’s racial past through their experiences and their family histories.
From April 30 - May 4, the 2017 & 2018 Best Play AUDELCO Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre presented A Walk Into Slavery, a play about reconnecting with one’s ancestors and redefining one’s purpose. We meet Hollis King, an international designer and photographer, just back from a journey that he’d put off for a lifetime to the homeland that he never knew. Featuring: Hollis King & Carl Hancock Rux Conceived and Directed By Indira Etwaroo Live Vocals By Marcelle Davies-Lashley
As a part of The New School Centennial, a dance performance from the Cotton Series will be held on October 4th, 2019 in The New School Tishman Auditorium. The Cotton Series as a whole is an investigation of Black womanhood and the unspoken sisterhood of black women as they interact with the many facets of American life.
The Black History Month Committee at Rutgers-Camden held a series of events dedicated to four centuries of African-descended history and culture in America, under the theme "400: Mapping the Hidden Traumas, Triumphs, and Trajectories of Black Life". The signature event was an address entitled, "Reflections on 400 Years of African-descended People in the US" by Dr. Prentiss Dantzler.
The 350 year old Old South Church will ring their the Great Bell (high in the Tower) and hand bells (outside in front of the church) will ring for four minutes (one minute per century) to mark 400 years of African American History and Culture and to honor those Africans who arrived here in 1619. Following the Bell Ringing, Old South members will share brief stories of important and influential African Americans.
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