400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future
About this Webinar
August 14, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT
400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future is calling on communities across the country to engage in place-based observances of the 400th anniversary of the 1619 arrival of the first Africans trafficked across the Atlantic Ocean and sold into bondage in the U.S. Our initiative is calling on families, organizations, neighborhoods, and cities to observe the anniversary by telling their stories of oppression and resistance. Inequality is a threat to our health and democracy. To gear up for these observances, our webinar will feature members of the organizing team, Ashley Bernal and Erika Kitzmiller. They will share the project background and offer tools and resources for people and organizations to activate place-based creative observances for truth-telling and collective healing. 400 Years of Inequality is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to dismantling structural inequality and building strong, healthy communities.
400 Years of Inequality / The New School
Ashley Bernal is a Ph.D. student in Public and Urban Policy at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs. Her research interests include the disparate impact on racial minorities and the various ways racial minorities experience US citizenship. Prior to her doctoral studies, Ashley served as a Gender-based Violence Program Coordinator where she created a culturally specific program to better service African-American and LGBTQIA domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking survivors of the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. Currently, she is a research consultant and adjunct professor at the City University of New York’s York College, teaching courses in the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Sociology of Gender, and Social Stratification.
400 Years of Inequality / Columbia University
Erika M. Kitzmiller is a historian of race, inequality, and education whose scholarship focuses on the historical processes and current reforms that contribute to and address inequality today. Her current book project, The Roots of Educational Inequality: Philadelphia and Germantown High School (under contract, University of Pennsylvania Press), traces the history of racial and educational inequality in Philadelphia and one of the city's neighborhood high schools, Germantown High School, over the course of the 20th century from the school's founding to its ultimate closure in 2013. Her scholarship has been supported with grants from the National Science Foundation, Harvard University's Hutchins Center, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, and Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her dual Ph.D. in History and Education and M.P.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Wellesley College. She lives in Morningside Heights with her husband and young children.