The 1619 Project: Historically Black Colleges & Universities

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February 19, 2020 • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

August 1619, twenty enslaved Africans were delivered to the colony of Virginia. The trade of “20 and odd” enslaved Africans marked a major turning point in American slavery. In August 2019, The New York Times launched a major journalistic and programmatic initiative called The 1619 Project . This multi-pronged and far-reaching examination of the four-century legacy of slavery will serve as the springboard for a series of lunchtime community conversations presented as a collaboration between Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, ExecMommyGroup LLC, United State of Women, UCONN Hartford, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Africana Studies at UCONN, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the Neshama Center for Lifelong Learning.

Our next 1619 Project lunchtime community conversation will be held at noon on Wednesday, February 19th at The Amistad Center at The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (600 Main Street, downtown Hartford). The conversation facilitators will be UConn Professor Joelle Murchison of ExecMommyGroup, LLC and Goodwin College Professor Brittney Yancy of United State of Women. This event is free and open to all. Guests will be allowed to tour the Amistad Center for Arts & Culture’s “Afrocosmologies” exhibit.

We will be discussing the following article on Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

About The 1619 Project

The New York Times states, “Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. Though America did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. In August, The New York Times Magazine will observe this anniversary with a special project that examines the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.” The series consists of essays by prominent African Americans, scholarly articles, podcasts, and interactive elements that beg for further consideration and discussion.


February 19, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm