2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of more than 20 Africans, from the Kongo and Ndongo Kingdoms in Angola, in Jamestown, Virginia. Upon their arrival, they were sold into bondage. The scars we still bear as a country from slavery, an institution that endured for centuries, are evident in countless facets of our society, including the significant health inequalities that persist throughout the United States. We encourage you to explore the 400 Years of Inequality site, hosted by the New School, which offers additional history, materials, and resources for engagement.
During the 2019-20 school year, we will embark on a yearlong journey as a community to understand how threads of this history are woven in and through every aspect of our present. Our observance will be guided by committees of faculty, staff, and students, who have made recommendations about the content and format for guest speakers, readings and discussion groups, activities with the local community, and other special events, including a highlight of our year, a day-long event on October 14, 2019.
We invite you to join us as we examine our past to chart our future, working towards the development of solutions, particularly those that impact health.