The 400th Commemoration of the First Documented Africans in English North America has begun planning commemoration activities that emphasize local AAHGS’ Chapters and communities. A number of national events and initiatives are also being planned. They include:
- An Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society historical video series, including a special documentary about the first documented African in English North America.
- Commemorative conference in 2018 and 2019 featuring distinguished speakers
- Develop and coordinate collateral materials to identify, compete and obtain foundation funds to support national and chapter commemoration activities.
- Develop commodity items for purchase and sale in Celebrating 400 Years of African American Heritage and Contributions
- Develop educational programs directed towards the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels in Celebrating 400 Years of African American Heritage and Contributions.
- Develop forums for individuals to share their own family’s 1619 story (up to and including the Revolutionary War).
- Develop library programs to engage the public and chapters on the contributions of African Americans from colonial Virginia to present day.
- Develop programing consistent with the purpose and intent of the 1619 Commemoration: Celebrating 400 Years of African American Heritage and Contributions’ Commission that will assist local chapters in engaging their local communities and beyond.
- Develop programs to engage the faith based community at the local and national levels in Celebrating 400 Years of African American Heritage and Contributions.
- Develop relationships with hereditary societies to establish relevant centric based programs.
- Develop research and research related projects that encourage further study of 400 Years of African American Heritage and Contributions.
- Commemorative certificates and other recognitions for local AAHGS’ Chapters efforts.