Oct. 29 2019

Columbia Mailman Commemorates 400 Years of Inequity

The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of more than 20 Africans from Angola, in Jamestown, Virginia. Upon their arrival, they were sold into bondage. The scars we still bear as a country from slavery, an institution that endured for centuries, are evident in countless facets of our society, including the significant health inequalities that persist throughout the United States.

During the 2019-20 school year, the Columbia Mailman School is embarking on a journey as a community to understand and explore the impact of this history. A highlight of this observance was a daylong commemoration on October 14 which included meaningful performances by Washington Heights-based artists; a Grand Rounds panel featuring Chandra Ford, director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health at UCLA, and Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid; and “neighborhood discussions” between our faculty and community activists and leaders about public health issues that impact our local community.

Please find a photo gallery (above) and video clips (below) of our October 14 events. There is more to come, with additional panels scheduled throughout the School year. Please check out our upcoming events and join us!

Opening Ceremony

Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health: An Ecology of Inequality

Neighborhood Conversations