In 1619, the first documented ship carrying the first enslaved people arrived at the Virginia shoreline, marking the beginning of slavery in what was then British North America. This event and its aftermath left a lasting impression on U.S. citizens including thoughts, ideals, political views, and laws.
Four hundred years later in 2019, the New York Times developed the 1619 Project in an effort to reframe the country’s history by placing emphasis on the contributions of Black Americans and the consequences of slavery in the United States.
The 1619 Project is a long-form journalistic enterprise that shares essays, poems, photographs, and other pieces. This endeavor brings notoriety to the real-life struggles, both past and present, that the enslavement of Black Americans brought about in the United States.
Thus far, the project includes live performances, interviews, and a podcast. It dives into historic events such as the Revolutionary War and its implication to preserve slavery, and current modern socioeconomic norms and the impact on continued segregation of Black Americans.
As our society becomes more culturally conscious, many private businesses and public-facing organizations are learning how to truly and effectively implement diversity and inclusion policies. University of Phoenix is among the organizations to build on the work of the 1619 Project recently, including a hosted webinar series highlighting the importance of the Project.
University of Phoenix began the webinar series earlier this year, dedicated to sharing the 1619 Project’s works that specifically address the legacy of slavery in the United States and its implications on education, culture, and leadership.
The first event, held on February 18, 2021, featured speakers Fareed Mostoufi, associate director of education and DEI lead at the Pulitzer Center, Shawn C. Todd-Boone, Ed.D., associate dean of research and residency at University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies, and Zalika H. Etienne, middle school educator, children’s book author, and University of Phoenix alumni.
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