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400 Years of Inequality Timeline and Events

A “400 Years of Inequality” timeline is currently on display in Margaret Jewett Hall at First Church in Cambridge. Created by Dr. Mindy Fullilove and students at The New School in Manhattan, this 16 foot timeline follows four storylines : African Americans, women, Native American and working people, and is  intended to engage people of all ages in reflection on inequality and discussion of ways to address these inequalities. A panel entitled "39 Souls: Enslaved Africans & Native Americans at First Church in Cambridge" will be added in October. The public is welcome to view the exhibit and to leave written reflections or artistic responses  during most weekdays and on Sunday afternoons when the hall is not otherwise in use.


“400 Years of Inequality” Series 

Sundays, October 6, 13 and 20 at  10 am

Our first session on October 6 will feature a dramatic reading of excerpts from “Voices of a People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. The second on October 13 will be a discussion of the “400 Years” exhibit and our related “39 Souls: African and Native American Enslaved Persons at First Church in Cambridge” panel. We will end the series on October 20 by revisiting the Fellowship of Reconciliation “Truth and Reparations” pledge and inviting participants to make specific commitments related to addressing inequality in our local context.

Film Screening of “Dawnland”

Sunday, October 13th at 12:30 p.m  

Following a special 11 am Morning Worship service in observance of 400 Years of Inequality, there we be a public screening of Dawnland, a documentary about cultural survival and stolen children that takes viewers inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans. Dawnland aired on PBS’s Independent Lens in November 2018 and was nominated for two Emmy® awards.

A Conversation with Elizabeth Solomon

Sunday, October 20, 12:30 p.m. 

Elizabeth Solomon is an enrolled member of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag. She is      currently the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Fellowship Programs at Harvard School of Public Health and is a member of a number of advisory and management boards, including boards affiliated with the Boston Harbor Islands National Park and the Digital Archive of Native American Petitions in Massachusetts.


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