In 1619 the first African American indentured servants arrived in the American colonies. Less than a decade later, the first enslaved Africans were brought into New Amsterdam (later, New York City). 

Hattiloo has curated an eight-month long commemoration called 'Lest We Forget'. It's a commemoration of the 400 years African Americans have been on this land we now call the United States of America. Using theatre, film, scholarship and music, we have assembled a series of free Monday events that speak to the triumphs and the struggles of African Americans. Reservations are recommended. You can make your reservation today by emailing Elizabeth Baines at Please limit reservations to four people. 

Lest We Forget

Commemorating 400 years of Black American Life 
Curated by Hattiloo 

MONDAYS 5:30p - 7:30p

28 January

Screening of 12 Years a Slave

25 February

Dramatic reading of slave narratives

25 March

Dr. Earnestine Jenkins with Dr. Charles McKinney - Ripples from Slavery

29 April

Lay in

(People will lay on floor, shoulder to shoulder, to recreate the feeling of being on. ship.)

20 May

Journey through African American Music

24 June

Our Faith, Our Story

Pastor J. Lawrence Turner, Minister Anthony Mohammed, and Sadio

29 July

Screen the film Sankofa

26 August

Family Reunion Potluck

(set up a community table from one end of the hall to the other end)

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