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Save the date: Saturday, October 26 from 7pm to midnight

A teach-in at the Library observing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the shores of Jamestown, Virginia

Over the course of five hours, delve into American and trans-Atlantic history from 1619 to the present and engage with historical facts while learning more about their profound ramifications on this country.

Interactive lectures, conversations, and historical readings will fill in gaps and erasures that characterize the country’s primary and secondary education curriculum on slavery and its legacy and inspire an urgency to learn more about the African American revolutionaries, radical thinkers, and cultural icons who helped forge the country and shape our future.

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Co-curated by Brian Tate with cultural advisors from Weeksville Heritage Center; the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College; Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization building the political power and leadership of Black women; Columbia University; Harvard University; and the 400 Years of Inequality Committee.

Lineup subject to change. 

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