The 400 Years of African American History Commission is a federally appointed committee, operating independently as established by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and administered by the National Park Service. The 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, signed into law January 8, 2018, established this 15-member commission to coordinate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies on August 20, 1619, when 20 enslaved Africans were brought to Point Comfort in the English colony of Virginia (now part of Fort Monroe National Monument).

The 400 Years of African-American History Commission (the “Commission”) will develop and facilitate activities throughout the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619, recognizing and highlighting the resilience and contributions of African Americans from that seminal moment forward, while simultaneously acknowledging the painful impact of slavery, racial discrimination, and racism on our Nation.


Introducing the STRONGER THAN Campaign

STRONGER THAN is a special emphasis campaign of the 400 Years of African American History Commission chaired and inspired by the work of Grammy award-winning performing artist, Coré S. Cotton. The campaign recognizes and celebrates the strength, courage, and resilience of women across diverse dimensions, historical and present day; sung and unsung. STRONGER THAN began March 1, 2022 for Women’s History Month and will continue through Mother’s Day on May 8. Our culminating celebration event will be held at 7 pm EST on Sunday May 15, and will be available to stream online by clicking here.



Featured Film from the 400

“Nurses: A History of Caring”

The coronavirus proved to be one of the deadliest pandemics in history. It also proved to bring out the best of those working on the front line. In hospitals around the world, the unheralded profession of nursing was lifted up and in honor of National Nurses Day, the 400 Years of African American History Commission salutes these unsung heroes.

Watch the full film by clicking here.

For the full set of films we’ve produced, click here.