African-American History Commission Act, 400 Years of

  • Veronica Adams-CooperEmail author
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The federal law establishing a national commission charged with commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619, and other purposes.


The 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, referred to as the Act or the 400YAAHCA, is the federal policy responsible for the establishment of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission and other purposes. The primary duty of the Commission is to lead and manage the national 400-year commemoration of the 1619 arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia. Overall, there are six duties that the Commission is responsible for fulfilling as indicated in Section 3(c), the core of the Act. These duties focus on coordinating and facilitating programs, research, and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History, Political Science and Public Administration DepartmentAlbany State UniversityAlbanyUSA