Presented by 400 YOI Organizing Committee
FREE but please RSVP. Also street parking is free downtown on Sundays!
2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in what is now the United States – in 1619 in Jamestown, VA. This was an important moment in creating a social, political, and economic system built on a foundation of inequality and dehumanization. Inequality is a threat to our health and society, and to undo it we must come together and proclaim that we are the history of a just future. We do so by observing this 400th anniversary with place-based stories of the struggle against inequality – by placing ourselves and the places we live or are from in this history and claiming our part in it.
Our method is “Call and Response”. We have put out The Call to Observe with resources to help people from all corners of the nation find their local stories and plan a 2019 observance. Meet choreographer Havanna Fisher and filmmaker Gahlia Eden, members of the organizing committee of 400 Years of Inequality Project, who will share how networks, organizations, and individuals can observe and acknowledge this history of inequality.
400 Years of Inequality is a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals calling on everyone – families, friends, communities, institutions – to plan their own solemn observance of 1619, learn about their own stories and local places and organize for a more just and equal future.