Join us for a year of events marking the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the US which will look at slavery's profound impacts on all areas of American society. Today we launched a new website dedicated to the "400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Oppression" initiative at UC Berkeley being spearheaded by Denise Herd, assistant director of the Haas Institute, and many campus partners. The new site has information on all the upcoming events associated with this initiative, whose purpose is to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of slavery, acknowledge the struggles of African Americans to gain freedom, celebrate their many achievements, and understand the lasting impacts of slavery.

New Story in Berkeley News: "Berkeley to mark ‘400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice’"

Events Related to the #400Years Initiative

Daylong Symposium: August 30

The initiative's kickoff event will be held on Friday, August 30. This day-long symposium features a series of panels and talks with prominent scholars of African American studies and history from across the US, many from UC Berkeley, as well as cultural performances. Be sure to register to reserve your spot at the event. The symposium will include:
  • Opening remarks from Chancellor Carol Christ and Oscar Dubón
  • Panel on Slavery, Memory, Afterlife, featuring Leslie Harris, Christina Sharpe, Stephanie Jones Rogers, Gabrielle Foreman, and Tina Sacks
  • Panel on the Second Afterlife, featuring Dennis Childs, Talitha LeFlouria, and Nikki Jones
  • Panel on Power and Resistance, featuring Waldo Martin, Charles Henry, Charlene Carruthers, and Jovan Scott Lewis
  • Closing keynote, featuring john a. powell
Visit the event page for more information and speaker bios

Other #400Years events to mark your calendar for include: See the events section of for a full list, with many more to be added throughout the year. 
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