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2019 marks the 400th year since 20 Africans arrived in Jamestown, Va. as indentured servants in 1619, representing the earliest documented record of Blacks in, what is now, America.  This system of indentured servitude rapidly gave way to the enslavement of Blacks which would endure until 1865 and was followed by almost another 100 years of Jim Crow racial segregation.  This 400-year history of racial oppression created a racially-stratified society in which racial inequities are deeply embedded in virtually every structural institution and system in American society, bolstered by a philosophy of White supremacy and Black racial inferiority. 
As a means of actively engaging the CSU Community in commemorating the 400-years of Blacks in America, it has been proposed that through the collaborative efforts of a number of the city’s anchor institutions, Project 400: Our Lived Experience, be adopted as a city-wide, year-long observation.

August 20-May 24, 2020 - Afterlives of the Black Atlantic
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
87 North Main Street | Oberlin OH 44074, 440.775.8665

Afterlives of the Black Atlantic brings together works from the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa that collectively explore the complexities of memory, identity, and belonging in the wake of the transatlantic slave trade.

September 06-December 06, 2019 - The Soul of Philanthropy
Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Ph: (216) 721-5722 Email:
The Soul of Philanthropy (TSOP) reframes portraits of philanthropy. It comprises highly innovative presentations of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images. Created by Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas, the exhibition conjures philanthropic musings across generations.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - Black Studies Program and Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center 50-Year Anniversary
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of the Black Studies Program and Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center, Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd
Cleveland State University Student Center Ballroom, 5:30pm

Sunday, October 13, 2019; Tuesday, October 15, 2019; Wednesday, October 16, 2019: Pipeline
Cleveland Playhouse Outcalt Theatre
In this groundbreaking lyrical drama, Nya—a dedicated inner-city school teacher—sends her own son, Omari, to private school. But when a teacher’s questions push a button, Omari pushes back. An altercation ensues, and Nya’s plans for Omari’s future begin to unravel. Pipeline is a compelling, must-see portrait of the systemic school-to-prison pipeline and the experience of being a parent to a young black man in America.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - Excellence Through Equity
Thursday, October 17, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. /Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
The Union Club of Cleveland , 1211 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, 44115-1865

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this breakfast lecture. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - Screening of 13th
12pm, CSU Berkman Hall Room 136
Free Screening - 13th addresses inequities, the prison industrial complex, and a range of issues associated with the 13th amendment

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 400 Years After: The Continuing Impact of Slavery
4:30pm - 7:30pm CSU, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)
This continuing legal education (CLE) program seeks to educate attorneys about the role that law played in installing, implementing, and ending the enslavement of black Africans.  It will also examine the ethics of the attorneys who owned slaves and those who enforced the laws that helped to maintain the institution of slavery.  The speakers will examine slavery’s impact on laws in place to prevent medical research on human subjects; the constitutional provisions that may be used to justify reparations; the laws that re-enforced the institution of slavery; and the labor laws that have led to a professional sports regime that mimics slavery. In addition to the presentations, the members of the audience will have the opportunity to listen to parts of the New York Times’ 1619 Project, marking the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the colony of Virginia.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - The 2019 Kuumba Arts Festival: Echoes from the past
CSU Berkman Hall Auditorium, 6pm
A Pre-Kwanzaa celebration highlighting the use of arts to abolish slavery, pronounce our citizenship, secure suffrage, and achieve legal rights.