Four Hundred Souls

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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 serves as a "choral history" of African Americans covering 400 years of history in the voices of 90 writers. 2019 marked the 400th anniversary of the first captive Africans in Virginia'and also launched the Four Hundred Souls project, spearheaded by Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, and Keisha N. Blain, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and the president of the African American Intellectual History Society. They've gathered Black writers from all disciplines to tell one of history's great epics: the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present.

Museum Story

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.


  • 528 pages
  • Hardcover
  • 20 illustrations
  • 9.5"h. x 6.4"w.
  • Edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain