About 1619 and the 400th
- The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.
- Through its 1619 Project, The New York Times acknowledged the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans brought to America. On Aug 13, 2019, The Times featured a live-stream video of performance art, poetry, and discussion on the genesis of the project (see the video here and below), it follows with a series of powerful and insightful essays on the impact of slavery in shaping every aspect of American life to the present.