Shaker Engagement with The 1619 Project

Shaker Engagement with The 1619 Project Begins October 21, 2020

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Shaker Heights Public Library and NewONEShaker are pleased to announce “Shaker Engagement with The 1619 Project.” These free and special Zoom presentations offer a progression of weekly topics.

The 1619 Project is an ongoing project developed by The New York Times Magazine in 2019, which aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.


7 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020

Presenter: Dr. Valerie Lee, Professor Emerita in English and retired Provost of The Ohio State University.

Participants will watch a brief video about The 1619 Project and then Dr. Lee will speak on The Effects of Slavery: A Literary Perspective.

7 pm WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020

The Effects of Slavery on American Schools and the Racial Wealth Gap Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Donna M. Whyte, retired Director of Cleveland State University’s Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and current lecturer in African-American History.

Suggested readings prior to the event:

  • Why Slavery is Mistaught – and Worse – in American Schools (Printable version HERE)
  • A Vast Wealth Gap, Driven by Segregation, Redlining, Evictions and Exclusion, Separates Black and White America (Printable version HERE)


Race & Democracy: A Youth Perspective Panel Discussion

Panelists include members of the NewONEShaker Youth Advisory Group (“YAG”).

Suggested reading prior to the event:

  • Our Democracy’s Founding Ideals were False When They were Written. Black Americans have Fought to Make Them True (Printable version HERE)


It’s Your Turn!

Join lively discussions via breakout groups about the past, the present, and a new future for us all in Shaker.