1619 Project

Have you heard of the 1619 Project?

It is a special issue of New York Time Magazine marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Virginia. Created in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, the project includes over 30 visual and written pieces from historians, journalists, playwrights, poets, authors, and artists. This collection of essays, images, stories and poetry invites us to reframe our understanding of US history while examining the following questions:

How do societal structures developed to support the enslavement of black people, and the anti-black racism that was cultivated in the U.S. to justify slavery, influence many aspects of modern laws, policies, systems, and culture?

How have resistance, innovation, and advocacy by black Americans over the course of American history contributed to the nation’s wealth and the strengthening of its democracy?

You can find the full 1619 Project HERE and a reading guide and curriculum HERE.

(art by Brooke Fischer)