From the arrival of the first Africans in 1619 to the present day, each of our ancestors has a unique story of survival, perseverance and contributions. Behind every namesake, there was a man, woman or child who had an important role in the success of this great nation. They toiled, they built, they served, they contributed, and they endured great sacrifice. We are their legacy …and their dream must never die.
The 400th Commemoration of the First Documented Africans in English North America is a time of reflection on 400 years of significant contributions made by Americans of African descent from colonial Virginia to the present day. It is also a perfect time to chart a new course for the next chapter in our history; to ensure that new generations understand our true history of Americans of African descent, our historic and ongoing accomplishments and achievements; and to instill a sense of pride and values to future generations.