"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."

— James Baldwin

Background image: Linotype operators at the Chicago Defender, an African American newspaper, in Chicago, Illinois. April 1941. Library of Congress.
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Linotype operators at the Chicago Defender, an African American newspaper, in Chicago, Illinois. April 1941. Library of Congress.


December 3, 2019

KUAF Public Radio

In 1619, the first African slaves were brought to the colonies beginning what is now 400 years of African-American history in the U.S. A Fayetteville church recently commemorated that milestone with a ceremony at dozens of unmarked graves found on its property several years ago.

The Observer

Inspired by the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) director Mana Derakhshani, along with Office of Civic & Social Engagement (OCSE) director Rebekah Go and junior Tyler Davis, organized the circulation of dozens of posters around Saint Mary’s that feature provocative quotes from the series. 

November 30, 2019

Atlanta Black Star

It was an occasion worth celebrating as over 100 Africans-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans made it official by becoming Ghana’s newest citizens in a special ceremony Wednesday.

November 26, 2019


Angela landed in the Virginia Colony in the sweltering summer of 1619, after being brutally snatched from her native Africa. Along with other Africans, she was held captive in the bowels of a boat bound for a strange new land. That crossing, some 10,000 nautical miles that became known as the Middle Passage, was harrowing. It would establish the race-based system of bondage that led to 246 years of slavery in America.

November 24, 2019

PBS NewsHour

In 1811, more than 200 enslaved people in present-day Louisiana launched the largest insurgency of people in bondage in U.S. history. The revolt lasted only a few days before the poorly armed rebels were crushed by a militia and U.S. troops. But more than two centuries later, their story is living on in a performance called "Slave Rebellion Reenactment." Special Correspondent Brian Palmer reports.

November 17, 2019

The San Diego Union-Tribune

The “1619 National Celebration of Black Women Exhibit” aims to recognize, honor and be inspired by the contributions made by African American women since the first enslaved men, women and children from Africa set foot on American soil 400 years ago.

November 15, 2019

Florida Headline News

For some people, public discussions about a national news story involving race may serve a cathartic function. This is problematic since when interest in the case wanes, the problems remain. Thus, too often we have allowed discussions about high-profile cases to substitute for real race work.

November 12, 2019


In the New York Times’s “1619 project” marking the 400th anniversary of enslavement in the United States, Nikole Hannah-Jones reflects on the making of American democracy by contemplating what citizenship looks like in absence of legal rights and recognition.

November 10, 2019


This year is a significant one in American history, because it recognizes the 400 years that have passed since the arrival of the first Africans in English North America.

It is the remembrance of the tragedy, travails, and trauma that befell these Africans who in 1619 were forcibly landed at Old Point Comfort, which is now Hampton. Understanding the legacy of the African landing is crucial to comprehending our trajectory as a country and the critical role of cultural diversity in American life.

delmarva now

During the last leg of his 5,000 mile journey rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 2014, Don Victor Mooney experienced the Delmarva Peninsula, where Harriet Tubman was raised and later escaped slavery. 

"She used nature to navigate to freedom," Mooney said last week.

November 9, 2019

Milwaukee struggles with the very same issues that Cleveland does: infant mortality, lead poisoning and other challenges that significantly affect black children.

November 8, 2019

Berkeley News

People across the country, from presidential hopefuls and engaged voters to journalists and activists, are grappling with how to think and talk about racism in American politics.

This talk was organized as part of a series of events under the banner of the 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice initiative, UC Berkeley’s yearlong commemoration marking the anniversary of the forced arrival of Africans in the English colonies in 1619. 

Richmond Free Press

On the eve of the state convention, protesters called out the organization for bringing on Dominion Energy as an event sponsor and co-host of a reception and panel discussion on 400 years of African-American history. 

Daily Press

Growing up in Iowa, Nikole Hannah-Jones had a few aha-moments about the year 1619 and its significance.

One really hit home during high school. A teacher tasked with cramming a couple hundred years of black history into four months of lessons gave the future journalist the book “Before the Mayflower: A History of the Negro in America, 1619-1962” by Lerone Bennett.

November 7, 2019

In three years, First Year Cleveland has dramatically reduced the Cuyahoga County infant mortality rate – dropping deaths by 18 percent. But African-American babies are four times as likely as white babies to die in their first year of life. The rate is one of the worst in the country.

November 6, 2019

Valley Advocate

Bassist Avery Sharpe has been playing and composing music for years, touring and recording with jazz greats like McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Yusef Lateef, and Billy Taylor. As a composer, he’s written music not just for his own ensemble but for a wide range of other artists. Avery Sharpe, here in his home in Plainfield, has composed a new album, “400,” that marks the infamous anniversary of the introduction of slavery into the future United States.


The year 2019 marks 400 years since the first enslaved people from Africa came to Virginia. So, it should come as no surprise that the Commonwealth is home to one of the oldest black communities in America.

That community is just outside of Petersburg. A descendant of slavery has dedicated his life to tell the story of his ancestors and the people who lived along the Appomattox River. "I've always wanted to do something for my people. Cause we have such a rich history," said Richard Stewart.

The St. Louis American

“American holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: that some people deserve more power than others.”

The above quote is from one of the 1619 Project’s essays by Jamelle Bouie, an introspective thinker and columnist for the New York Times. Bouie’s essay is entitled “What the Reactionary Politics of 2019 Owe to the Politics of Slavery.” The pull quote shook my soul when I first read it because it speaks to what’s happening in St. Louis in the enduring struggle for black political and economic power.

November 4, 2019

KSHB Kansas City

Two Kansas City, Missouri, schools will serve as national ambassadors over the next year, educating others about the history of African Americans in North America.

November 3, 2019

Port Richmond High School hosted nearly 200 community members on Sunday, Oct. 27, to commemorate the anniversary of the first slave voyage to Staten Island’s shores and discuss the divisions the city and nation still face.

The 16th annual Anti-Bias/Anti-Violence Summit, titled “1619-2019: 400 years of African-American history: How far are we from racial equity,” was organized by Communities United for Respect and Trust (CURT), a coalition of organizations and community members that are committed to making Staten Island more inclusive.