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“1619 And Its Legacies: Symposium, Press Release

September 18, 2019

African American and African Diaspora Studies
Columbia University

Press Release
For Immediate Release    Contact:  Shawn Mendoza
September 17, 2019         E-mail:
“1619 And Its Legacies: Symposium, Roundtable Discussion & Poetry Reading”
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 – Friday, September 27th, 2019
Columbia University
On September 25 – 27, 2019, we will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English colony in North America.  Through a series of events, including an exhibition, a scholarly symposium, a poetry reading, and a roundtable featuring Atlantic Racial Equity Fellows, we hope to explore the ongoing impact and legacy of chattel slavery and anti-black racism.
The art exhibition will run from August 30 – September 30th at Leroy Neiman Gallery in Dodge Hall at Columbia University. The exhibition will contain artworks, original documentation and reproductions of archival materials. Using the collections at Columbia University’s Art Properties and Rare Book and Manuscript Library – as well as collections and archives at New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, National Museum of the American Indian, New York State Archives and the Library of Congress, we will identify key materials that locate Africans within early accounts of the colonial project that would become the United States, and provide insight on what the texture of life would have been like for Africans in the conflicted space of the New World. This research will also be the basis from which to consider this documentation along with contemporary artwork that reflect attitudes, agreements, discord, popular culture and personal accounts about Africa and the descendants of African people as foundational actors in the emergence of the Atlantic World.
Scholars, educators, practitioners, community organizers and others will to convene for a two day symposium on September 26th, 2019 in New York to address and discuss “1619 And Its Legacies”.
Panelist include:   
MARISA FUENTES,  Rutgers University, New Brunswick
RASHAUNA JOHNSON,  Dartmouth College
TIYA MILES,  Harvard University
FRANK GURIDY,  Columbia University
KARL JACOBY,  Columbia University
JORDAN BREWINGTON,  Columbia University Alum
CIARA LILY KEANE,  Columbia University Alum
TOMMY SONG,  Columbia University Alum
FLORES FORBES,  Columbia University
KATHERINE FRANKE,  Columbia University
KENDALL THOMAS, Columbia University
RINALDO WALCOTT, University of Toronto
CHARLENE CARRUTHERS,  Chicago Center for Leadership and Transformation
MONICA DENNIS,  Move to End Violence
BARBARA RANSBY,  University of Illinois at Chicago
ANDREA J.  RITCHIE, Barnard College Center for Research on Women

Poetry Reading by: Tongo Eisen-Martin, (California & American Book Awards winner)

On Friday, September 27th
The Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity will host a roundtable: Leadership for a Liberatory Future”

DR. SEBABATSO MONOELI, Director of Strategy Programmes
DYLAN VALLEY, Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker and Educator
CEDRIC BROWN, Chief Foundation Officer, Kapor Center
REGINA HOLLOWAY, Senior Program Manager, the Policing Project at New York University School of Law

Sponsored by:
The African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Columbia University
Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity
Africana Studies Department, Barnard College
Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Columbia University
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University