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#1619Project Asbury Park, NJ
#CitiesImagined @nhannahjones
Rev. Gil Caldwell opened the ceremony with words of peace and inspiration for a community struggling with generations of violence. #1619Project
Maureen Shaffer welcomes a crowd of activists and student leaders who share a determination to learn the history, so that we don't repeat it. #1619Project
Rev. Dr. Semaj Vanzant framed slavery as a betrayal of humanity. Self-love & love for others requires universal, permanent human dignity. #1619Project
Thanks, @NYTmag for shouting out the Racial Justice Project in Asbury Park tonight! #1619Project
The poets of #1619Project challenge the audience to reimagine themselves, the nation, and the world in the traditions of black liberation. #WakandaSyllabus @eveewing
@eveewing My brief intro to #1619Project focused on the specific importance of racial slavery in NJ. Lewis Morris' iron works in Tinton Falls started a pattern of using enslaved Africans in the process of commercial development.
The C18 practice of extended enslavement ('gradual emancipation') provided essential capital in the creation of *unfree*, segregated markets between 1776 and 1808. #1619Project
Structural opposition to black wealth over the next two centuries guaranteed that any dignity for African-Americans would be limited, at best. @MLB's refusal to integrate black owners & employees alongside Jack Robinson is just one example. #1619Project h-net.org/reviews/showre…
Today, we have the opportunity to invest in the few surviving Black institutions -- churches, schools, universities, & Black Studies programs. When the nation creates systemic endowments for these communities, justice may eventually prevail. #1619Project
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