Four hundred years ago, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. This series examines the long shadow of that fateful moment. Join members of the FRS Anti-Racism Initiative for discussion of the six-episode documentary series 1619, which seeks to reframe our country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. Episode themes include Democracy, Music, Fear, and Justice.

Conversations will be on Zoom on Monday evenings. If you’d like to watch the episode at the church, there will be a showing of each episode after church on selected Sundays. Dates of discussions and viewings are below. You can also opt to watch the episodes at home (they are available on Hulu).

Please register for the discussion in order to get the Zoom link:

Please note that you do not need to attend all sessions. Registering will simply allow you to receive the link for any discussions you wish to attend.

You do not need to register to come to the church to watch the episodes.

Episode showings at the church and Zoom discussions:

Episode 1: Showing on Feb. 25, 11:45-1pm; discussion on Zoom Feb. 26, 7-8pm

Episode 2: Showing on March 3; discussion on March 4

Episode 3: Showing on March 10; discussion on March 11

Episode 4: Showing on March 24; discussion on March 25

Episode 5: Showing on April 21; discussion on April 22

Episode 6: Showing on April 28; discussion on April 29

“Over the course of six weeks attendees viewed Nicole Hannah-Jones’ documentary which explores the legacy of slavery in contemporary America. The film also highlights the significant contributions made by African Americans over the centuries in spite of systemic institutional racism. As an African American, I shared that racism isn’t cyclical; I have experienced it on a personal or institutional basis every day of my life.  I heard other attendees speak of their commitment to better understand racism’s impact on everyone and of their desire to do what they can to combat injustice. By the end of the documentary, it was clear that we all wanted to be better and do better, I left hopeful. Change can begin here, with us.

Come, Learn, Share!”

– Sharon Tillman

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