Parents and educators! The New York Times just published the most amazing piece of journalism. It’s called “The 1619 Project,” named for the year that the first enslaved Africans were brought to the British Colonies in August of 1619 (400 years ago). From the front of the magazine:
In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon [pictured on cover], near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. American was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is finally time to tell our story truthfully.
The articles are all written by African American writers, and they go deep into the many ways that slavery has shaped much of American politics and dynamics even to today. It’s very powerful stuff and intense to read. I will be saving my copy for my children to read when they are much older, but I am grateful to have read it myself now.