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1619 Project

Join us the second Thursday of each month, on Zoom, as we continue to discuss how the legacy of slavery and race remain dominant factors in American political, cultural, and social spheres.

The library program centers on an article packet which serves as the discussion text each month. Past discussion topics included the history of slave laws, policing in America, and Critical Race Theory.

All current packets are available on this website and at any of the Heights Libraries. Previous packets are available as .PDFs in the Materials Tab.

Unpacking 1619 Podcast

Unpacking 1619 features interviews with scholars from around the country in which we unpack topics relating to the 1619 Project and race in America. Hosted by Adult Services Librarian John Piche.

Click here to view our new “Unpacking 1619” Podcast.

YouTube Video Playlist

You can view the entire playlist of 1619 project interviews on our YouTube page.

Click here to open our YouTube 1619 project Playlist

Upcoming Discussion

Education Part 1:
Colonial and Plantation Era

For the upcoming discussion, we begin a look into American education and race. This packet includes an article by Robert Middlekauff, “Before the Public School: Education in Colonial America” and Chapter 1 of Anti-Black Literacy Laws and Policies by Arlette Ingram Willis.


Zoom Discussion

Thursday, June 13th, 2024 on Zoom
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Zoom ID: 823 648 5349
Password: 691353

Download the PDF of the article packet here.

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Latest Interviews

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Problems in Police Training with Jessica Katzenstein

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