NYC Commission on Human Rights commemorates 400-year anniversary of first enslaved Africans’ arrival in the US

The New York City Commission on Human Rights hosted on October 25, 2019, an event to commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in what is now the United States of America and explore the lasting effects of the institution of slavery.

The event, entitled “400 Years Later: Reckoning with Our Legacy of Slavery and Charting an Anti-Racist Future in New York City,” convened experts, advocates, and community members for a conversation that looked back at the legacy of slavery in what is now New York City and the ongoing fight to combat anti-Black racism.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, a labor economist and leading scholar on race, headlined the event as keynote speaker. Additional speakers included Professor Alan Singer, educator April Francis Taylor, and a panel featuring racial justice advocates Dennis Parker, and Tiffany McFadden. The event also featured poetry readings from Rabih Ahmed