“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
— Frederick Douglass
This website has been created as part of a UC Berkeley initiative announced by Chancellor Carol Christ to mark the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of enslaved Africans in the English colonies. This is an important national initiative that aligns with UC Berkeley’s values and goals of improving the climate for racial and ethnic diversity on our campus and with implementing campus strategic initiatives on Inequality and Opportunity; and, Democracy, Values, Governance and Freedom of Speech. The anniversary provides an opportunity for UC Berkeley to provide learning opportunities to delve into this history, understand the continuing impact of slavery and oppression, and to explore the extraordinary struggles for freedom and justice continuously fought by African Americans.