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A People's Pathway to Equity

A Learning Guide 

Welcome to

A People’s Pathway to Equity: A Learning Guide  

Across the following four chapters, you’ll explore insights gathered by the 400 Years of Inequality Coalition from over five years of learning and organizing together.  Here, you will engage with the ideas, tools, and activities that are most critical to understanding and dismantling inequity in the United States.


These key concepts and multimedia activities will introduce you to people from a range of places and backgrounds who have boldly embarked on the pathway to equity.


Throughout your journey you will:

  • Explore the ongoing ecology of inequality in the U.S.

  • Define moral fusion coalition 

  • Understand the Seven Sins of Inequality

  • Discover what you are FOR

  • Start the path toward collective recovery 



Man leaning over a table reading a folded packet of paper, next to stack of books, post-its, and a laptop.

​​This site was designed by 400 Years of Inequality coalition members, an interdisciplinary group of scholars, activists, artist, and educators. 

Use this guide to facilitate conversations about structural inequality and practices of community organizing and coalition building. These tools can be used in the classroom, at work, or in your community.

Getting Started

  • To navigate forward and backward use the "Next" and "Back" buttons at the bottom of each page. 

  • To move between chapters, use the “Chapters” navigation at the top of each page.  

  • Clicking the 400 Years of Inequality logo will always return you to the home screen.

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Getting Grounded

Contemplating 400 Years 

In order to critically engage with these last 400 years of inequality, you must be rooted and present.


Let Dr. Angel Acosta and flautist Margaux Simmons guide you in a contemplative meditation meant to prepare you for your journey.

A diverse audience of people sitting with their eyes closed in reflection.

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1. The 400 Years Timeline

It is tempting to view history as a description of what happened rather than what is. In order to form a moral fusion coalition and dismantle America’s long-running ecology of inequality, you must know its history.


Explore the 400 Years Timeline with its many reflections on these concepts.

Mindy Fullilove points to a timeline of inequality taped to the wall behind her.
Reverend Barber delivers a sermon at The Riverside Church.

2. The Seven Sins of Inequality

What does inequality in the U.S. look like?


Listen to Reverend Barber–an acclaimed civil rights leader–lay out the “Seven Sins” impeding equality in America.  These strategies for structural oppression are rooted in slavery and still very present to this day.

3. Finding What You’re FOR

Action requires conviction. It is important to develop a clear vision of what you are FOR, rooted in what you love.  Explore examples of folks fighting for what they love, all over the world.

An elder woman in a pink shirt and glasses offers a handful of seeds pulled from an old coffee can.
A diverse group of demonstrators led by Reverend Barber march carrying a banner and signs for the Poor People's Campaign.

4. A Moral Fusion Coalition is Collective Recovery

Inequality thrives in a separatist world. Learn how to form a moral fusion coalition and utilize collective recovery as a way to heal together as we organize for what we love.


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