400 Years of African American History Commission

The 400 Years of African-American History Commission develops and facilitates activities throughout the United States, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619. We recognize and highlight 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.

In spite of the racism they faced at home and abroad, African Americans continued to answer the call to serve and protect this country. “A Tribute to African Americans in the Military” is a special History Matters Presentation. It includes an excerpt from a film about the Montford Point Marines, an all-black regiment of Marines who fought during WWII and whose heroics were unsung until 2011 when they received a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor.

“A Tribute to African Americans in the Military” premieres November 10, in recognition of Veterans Day. Click here to watch!

The 400 is committed to highlighting the contributions made by African Americans throughout history and today in medicine, the arts, politics, sports, science, and business. Our films and social media bring out stories you might not know, even about names you might recognize. Follow us @400YAAHC! 

Our programs range from virtual celebrations, to conferences, to focus groups and discussions about issues facing the African American community. From Juneteenth to Justice Sunday, we’ve got you covered with fascinating programs that’ll keep you coming back.

A major contribution from the 400 is the ability to recognize leaders in the community, and we do that both through our 400 Distinguished awards and our grant programs with partners like the National Alliance of Faith and Justice and the National Park Service.  

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400 Years of African American History Commission