Save the Date – Oct. 19 Conference on 1619 and California

I am excited to announce that the Equal Justice Society will be hosting a day-long conference on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Oakland.

This one-day conference, “Gold Chains: The Hidden History of Slavery in California,” dives deep into historical moments since 1619 with an additional focus on the history of slavery in California and its impact on indigenous and African peoples subjected to captivity and/or genocide.

The conference is part of our year-long Remembering 1619 observance, reflecting on the history of slavery since 1619 and its lasting impact on our country. Some of those activities included:

The Impact of American Slavery on American Jurisprudence on Activism on February 21 in San Francisco;

Juneteenth Celebration in partnership with Northwestern University on June 19 in Los Angeles; and

Artistic Presentation by Marcus Shelby, Joanna Haigood and the Zaccho Dance Company, Steven Anthony Jones, Joe Warner, Cheo Tyehimba-Taylor, David Goldberg, and Faye Carol at SF Jazz on August 20.

Our one-day conference in October will allow us to dive even deeper into many of the historical actions that have occurred since 1619 and will provide additional focus on the history of slavery in California and its impact on indigenous and African peoples subjected to captivity and/or genocide.

The conference is also tied into a collaboration between ACLU of Northern California, Equal Justice Society, KQED, Laura Atkins, and the California Historical Society called “Gold Chains: The Hidden History of Slavery in California.”

The conference aims to lift up the voices of courageous African American and Native American individuals who challenged their brutal treatment and demanded their civil rights, inspiring us with their ingenuity, resilience, and tenacity. We seek to expose the role of the courts, laws, and the tacit acceptance of white supremacy in sanctioning race-based violence and discrimination that continues into the present day.

Through an unflinching examination of our collective past, we invite California to become truly aware and authentically enlightened.

This conference will be educational, emotional, and hopefully inspirational! WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU THERE! In the next few weeks, we will be sending out a finalized schedule with instructions on how to register but we are excited about all the great topics that will be covered and eager to learn from all the presenters and audience members who will contribute to the conversation.

Mark your calendars for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019, or add the event on Facebook. It will surely be an informative and memorable conference for all.

~ Christopher Bridges, Equal Justice Society