In 1619 a Dutch slave ship arrived in Jamestown with 20 Africans purchased as indentured workers. These were the first Africans in the English North American colonies. #400YearsLater
The Civil Rights movement was born out of a need to resist second-class citizenship and to demand that America deliver on the promises in the U.S. Constitution.
We all must continue this fight and fully reverse centuries of systemic oppression.
Today we commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of the enslaved African People in a building enslaved Africans built - the U.S. Capitol.
Today, we embrace our history.
FACT: Enslaved Africans built our nation and fueled global capitalism.
#400YearsLater, House Democrats are fighting against the racism and injustice that persist to this day.
400 years ago, two dozen African slaves were packed into the bottom of slave ships and brought to the eastern shores of the United States against their will.
#400YearsLater our country still has hard time telling the truth about slavery, but we must never forget.
400 years ago, the first ship of enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of Virginia. #400YearsLater, America is still grappling with the impacts of slavery. https://t.co/wEB7SQsxRg
In 1625 the first enslaved Africans arrive in the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam (now New York City) with the Dutch West India Company. They become the city's primary municipal labor force. #400YearsLater
The Transatlantic Slave Trade was the largest coerced migration of human beings in the history of the world. An estimated 10 million to 12 million enslaved Africans were transported across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas from the 16th to the 19th centuries. #400YearsLater
The brutality, murder, rape, disease, and starvation of enslaved Africans were so high that some historians assess that around 15 and 25 percent of the enslaved Africans died aboard slave ships. #400YearsLater
#DidYouKnow: in 1808, after Congress bans further importation of enslaved Africans, forced breeding and internal sale of enslaved Africans continued. #400YearsLater https://t.co/DRj4G4zwZ4
Today we're joining @TheBlackCaucus
to recognize the 400th anniversary of the first-recorded forced arrival of enslaved African people to this nation. #400YearsLater, America is still grappling with the impacts of slavery. We must work to reverse centuries of systemic oppression.
The Transatlantic Slave Trade was the largest coerced migration of human beings in the history of the world.
An estimated 10 million to 12 million enslaved Africans were transported across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas between the 16th to the 19th Century. #400YearsLater
#DidYouKnow: Wealth from the sale of enslaved Africans & their labor created global capitalism & set the economic foundation for Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. #400YearsLater
My recent visit to Ghana & the “Door of No Return,” to observe the 400th Anniversary of the 1st enslaved Africans landing in America was emotional, reflecting the suffering endured by my ancestors as they took their last steps on African continent. #400YearsLater #YearOfReturn
#DidYouKnow: in 1808, after Congress bans further importation of enslaved Africans, forced breeding and internal sale of enslaved Africans continued. #400YearsLater https://t.co/ZiW6wpNvs1
My heart swelled as I listened to @AlfreWoodard
's impassioned testimony about all of the greatness African Americans have achieved. She's right. We are "the dream and the hope of the slaves" on whose shoulders we stand. #400YearsLater #1619Project
Slavery in the US officially lasted 246 years. Enslaved African Americans worked ten or more hours a day in dangerous conditions & often worked 18-hour days in peak cotton-picking and sugar harvesting seasons.
“The great gift from the enslaved people.....that they not only survived, they flourished.” -@AlfreWoodard
#400YearsLater #StillIRise @TheBlackCaucus
Great seeing @AlfreWoodard
at the commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the First Recorded Forced Arrival of Enslaved African People ❤️ #400YearsLater
Slavery may have ended 150 years ago, but vestiges of our nation’s original sin remain. Centuries of discrimination created a racial wealth gap that must be addressed. Enacting #HR40 would start the discussion & be an important step in crafting long term solutions. #400YearsLater
The median white household has $111,146 in assets, while the median black household has only $7,113. A study by @IPS_DC
found that the average black family would need 228 years to obtain the wealth of a white family in the 21st Century. #400YearsLater https://t.co/PGuq3jtNMe
🇺🇸🇺🇸princss6 CBC #TheUnconsciousOfCongress@princss6
Symbolism over Substance. #400YearsLater where is reparations to #ADOS? Think you can get that done with “Democratic majority in the House?” #ifyouscaredsayyouscared https://t.co/2faM4ZcrRU
Today marks 400 years since the first African slaves were brought to America, beginning a system of cruelty and inhumanity that denied millions of enslaved people equality and justice.
#400YearsLater, we still grapple with the horrible consequences of slavery.
Slavery in the US lasted 246 yrs. Enslaved African Americans worked 10+ hrs/day in dangerous conditions & often worked 18-hr days in peak cotton-picking & sugar harvesting seasons. The psychological & economic toll of slavery still has modern-day consequences. #400YearsLater
400 years ago today, a ship carrying enslaved African's landed in Virginia. It began the slave trade in the US & was part the largest coerced migration of humans in history.
There is still much work to do to begin to right the wrongs of this historic injustice. #400YearsLater
🇺🇸🇺🇸princss6 CBC #TheUnconsciousOfCongress@princss6
And yet #HR40 still languishes #400YearsLater #ADOSPolitics Symbolism over substance will not deliver the black vote in 2020. https://t.co/tNQUq5uVGR
#DidYouKnow? Wealth from the sale of enslaved Africans & their labor created global capitalism & set the economic foundation for Europe, the Caribbean & the Americas. @IPS_DC
found that the avg Black family would need 228 yrs to obtain the wealth of a White family. #400YearsLater
Glad & humbled to to be at Congress’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of the enslaved African people in this land. Let us devote the rest of our lives to righting the wrongs of slavery, Jim Crow, mass incarceration & structural racism. #400YearsLater
From major inventions to whole genres of music, dance and literature to the writing of landmark legal decisions to the very shape of popular culture, there simply is no America without African America. #400YearsLater