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400 Years of Inequity: A Call to Action

November 8, 2019 @ 2:00 am - 12:00 pm

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NOVEMBER 8-9, 2019

7:00 am – 5:00 pm


Four hundred years ago, the first ship containing enslaved Africans arrived in British North America. Since then, systems and institutions in America have provided preferential opportunity to some citizens while simultaneously subjecting people of African ancestry to hardship and disadvantage. This opportunity imbalance has subjected African Americans to disproportionately high rates of homelessness, incarceration, economic hardship, poor health outcomes, higher incarceration rates, marginalized communities and under-resourced educational institutions.

YWCA Greater ClevelandFirst Year Cleveland, and founding partners March of DimesMichigan Public Health Institute, and Project 400 are hosting a national summit to commemorate this 400 year anniversary, build an understanding of the connections between this history and the disparities we see today, and inspire action to create a more equitable future.

Join YWCA President & CEO Margaret Mitchell, First Year Cleveland Executive Director Bernadette Kerrigan, and national maternal and infant health expert Dr. Arthur James and hundreds of others for two days of dynamic speakers, skills-building and educational breakout sessions, powerful performances and exhibits, and a unique opportunity to connect with people near and far who share a commitment to equity and justice.

Note:  Exhibitor registration options are coming soon!


Hear from national thought leaders on racial justice, equity, and history. Visit again soon for additional speakers and the conference agenda.

Isabel Wilkerson

john a. powell

  Harriet A. Washington

Darrick Hamilton, Ph.D.

Stacey Stewart

Dr. Gail C. Christopher, DN


November 8, 2019
2:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Cleveland Public Auditorium
500 Lakeside Ave E
Cleveland, OH 44114
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