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Chapter 1.

The 400 Years Timeline

A black and white portrait of activist Ella Baker taken in 1944.

In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been.
- Ella Baker

Anchor 1

In this chapter, explore the Timeline using two ideas: 

  • the Ecology of Inequality 

  • and Moral Fusion Coalition.

The 400 Years Timeline was created by a class taught by Dr. Mindy Fullilove at The New School and used in workshops and observances throughout the United States. It is yours to explore. 


In the video below, 400 Years organizing committee member Octavia Driscoll discusses the process of creating the timeline, and shares her reflections on the power of sitting with history.

Mindy Fullilove points to a timeline of inequality taped to the wall behind her.
A group of college students gather around the timeline on the floor of a carpeted, sunlit room.
Community members in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania read entries in the timeline taped to a chalkboard.

Left to Right: Dr. Fullilove at Creating the Call, NYC, March 2018; students at Bread Loaf Writers' Workshop in Middlebury, VT, July 2019; 400 Years workshop in Pittsburg, PA, October 2019.

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