400 Years of Inequity: A Call to Action
A national summit commemorating the 400-year anniversary of slavery, connecting this history to current racial disparities, and activating change.
November 8, 7:00am - November 9, 5:00pm
During August of 1619 the first ship holding Africans who would be enslaved established port at Jamestown, Virginia. Such importation continued for centuries, forcibly subjecting millions of African people to “coerced free labor” that built this country’s economic foundation.
First Year Cleveland and The YWCA Greater Cleveland believe the inequities in social conditions forced upon slaves and their descendants provide the primary explanation for the racial inequities we see in our society today.
Are you interested in learning more about this perspective? Do you want to help bring about change?
Be sure to join us for a groundbreaking event, "400 Years of Inequity: A Call to Action," in Cleveland, Ohio, November 8-9, 2019, as we discuss this history and the impact of 400 years of policies, practices and systems that have resulted in myriad racial disparities in health, justice and economics that affect African Americans today.
This national summit will feature keynote presentations by renowned experts, including Darrick Hamilton, PhD, Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; john powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California Berkeley; and Harriet Washington, award-winning medical writer and author of Medical Apartheid, the first social history of medical research with African Americans.
We need you to help us identify, share and activate strategies and solutions that will drive our city, region and nation toward racial equity. We urge you to help us begin this transformative conversation and create equity for each of our fellow citizens.