Aug. 22, 2019

The Blackman Read Aloud Project Reads: The 1619 Project : A Brief History Of Slavery You Didn't Lear

The 1619 Project is read aloud by The Blackman Read Aloud Project. What your classroom education doesn't teach you about the story of slavery in this nation.

Four hundred years after enslaved Africans​ were first brought to Virginia, most Americans​ still don’t know the full story of slavery.
Curated by Mary Elliott
All text by Mary Elliott and Jazmine Hughes
Aug. 19, 2019

‘If one minute’s freedom had been offered to me, and I had been told I must die at the end of that minute, would have taken it.’
— Mum Bett​

All children borne in this country shall be held bond or free only according to the condition of the mother.’
— Virginia law enacted in 1662

All brethren, arise, arise! trike for your lives and liberties. ow is the day and the hour. ... ​Let your motto be resistance!’
—Henry Highland Garnet, 1843

"The story of the African​-American​ is not only the quintessential American​​ story but it’s really the story that continues to shape who we are today."
— Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution