July 2019: Building a Movement

Hello Friends and Organizers,

Three years ago, we began preparing for the 400th anniversary of the 1619 arrival of enslaved Africans in Jamestown. We issued a call to acknowledge this anniversary by asking you and your community to hold relevant place-observances, declaring that we must link arms in radical equality. Since we began this project, we have seen the echoes of the darkest parts of our national history reverberate, but we have found courage as we tell our stories of resistance.  We have engaged in deep exchanges and met people from across the country who are committed to honoring our past, creating spaces for healing and taking action to become an equitable society. We are excited to share what our team has been working on and to learn about your observances.

Sign Up for our Massive Open Online Course!

Our Massive Open Online Course offers an interactive way to begin planning your place-based observance.  Explore your local history, get tools for telling your own story and learn about how your observance can use the practices of  Collective Recovery. Join our growing community of online learners and organizers.

Register Here

Hub Cities Tour

Our Organizing Team is on the road!  We are offering workshops about planning place-based observances around the country.  We had a fantastic time at the Music Center in Los Angeles and we are headed to Pittsburgh, PA, Richmond, VA, Washington DC, Jackson, Miss. and more! 

Upcoming Events

Save the date!

Festival of New
The New School Centennial Event 
October 4th, 2019 
The Staff on Race Committee is hosting an event for the Festival of New, panel hosted by Tracy M Williams, Tim Wise and others. 

Cotton Series by Havanna Fisher 
The New School Centennial Event 
October 4th, 2019 at Old Tishman Auditorium
Choreographer and visual artist Havanna Fisher, an alumnus of The New School from Harlem, will be presenting a piece during The New School Centennial, dance and multimedia performance titled "The Cotton Series".


Voices Performance at the Great Hall 
October 14th
Learning the history of inequality is an important part of preparing for the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown. Voices of a People’s History is a wonderful collection of documents about American History put together by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. School of Drama at TNS, Cooper Union, and 400 YOI are collaborating to host a performance on the readings from Voices of a People's History at the Great Hall. 

Keep Ya Head-Up
A student-centered art exhibit at The New School
October 12th
This observance focuses on reimagining stereotypical images of Mammy that became cemented in the lexicon of Black American womanhood during US chattel slavery. The “Mammy” as an archetype is a hyperbolic depiction of Black women characterized from the perspective of a white gaze, with the negative connotations associated with Mammy plaguing Black women today. 400 Years of Inequality: Keep Ya Head Up! will serve as a visual timeline of Mammy throughout 400 years, re-imagined, to disrupt the status quo. The exhibit features 7 New School students creating original art pieces to reflect the lived realities of Black matriarchs, drawn from their personal experiences and understandings that Mammy is an actual person who we love, honor, and revere.
Share your Observance!

Share your observance with our national network.

We want to hear about what you are planning.  Here is how you can share your event with our team: 

Fill our Observance Google Form.

Your observance will be featured on our Responses page. 

We will mark your observance on our events calendar, so it reaches out to as many people as possible! 



400 Years in the Classroom!

Our education team is developing curricula for middle school and high school teachers about 400 Years of Inequality that will be available on our website soon. 

Check this spot for updates on the curriculum - 400 Years Resources

400 Years Observances in the past months

Participants discussing the 400 Years Timeline in a workshop held at the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont

400 Years at the Planners Network Conference 2019 participated in a multi-city discussion on the subject of Resisting Displacement & Dispossession

400 Years organizing committee at The Fifth Annual Juneteenth Celebration: All American Freedom Day at Carnegie Hall


The Music Center, in partnership with Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – Los Angeles welcomed Four Hundred Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future. Our call-to-action for all Americans to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival in America of enslaved Africans was immensely supported by the Los Angeles arts and culture sector.

We look forward to hearing about your plans to observe!

In solidarity,

The 400 Years of Inequality National Organizers

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