“Til Victory Is Won: 400 Years of Making Revolution and
Presented by Brooklyn Public Library
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
7 PM–12 AM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
“Til Victory Is Won: 400 Years of Making Revolution and Inventing Utopia” is Brooklyn Public Library’s observation of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the shores of North America at present-day Jamestown, Virginia.
“Representations of Enslaved Peoples in Literature”: During a discussion presented by the Center for Black Literature, writers will examine ways in which the enslavement of people of the African diaspora have been portrayed in historical novels and contemporary fiction.
Til Victory Is Won is co-curated by Brian Tate with cultural advisors from Weeksville Heritage Center; the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College; Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization building the political power and leadership of Black women; Columbia University; Harvard University; and the 400 Years of Inequality Committee.
An extended teach-in from 7:00 pm until midnight, the observation will welcome participants on every floor of Brooklyn’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, aiming to fill in gaps and erasures that characterize the county’s primary and secondary education curriculum on slavery and its legacy and to inspire an urgency to learn more about the African American revolutionaries, radical thinkers, and cultural icons who helped forge the country.
Over the course of five hours, audience members can delve into American and trans-Atlantic history from 1619 to the present, engaging with fundamental facts and participating in interactive lectures, conversations, and historical readings that focus on important junctions of our history. Invited guest lecturers including Susan Burton, Greg Tate, and Robyn C. Spencer will speak about liberation policies, the Civil Rights movement, mass incarceration, utopia, poetry and art as a tool against dehumanization, and more.