“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”
For the longest time, those have just been words scribbled down onto the Declaration of Independence by our slave-owning founding fathers, copied into history books, and recited throughout time. While the Civil War finally gave African slaves their freedom and citizenship as a mere tool of war to leverage over the South, that didn’t come until 86 years after the Declaration was signed and adopted.
Since then, African-Americans have been at the forefront of the civil and equal rights battles in America. The New York Times has launched the 1619 Project, an initiative aimed at observing the 400 years of slavery in America and reframing the country’s history to understand the year 1619 as the “true founding” and “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”
Head over to The New York Times to read all of the amazing 1619 Project articles.