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400 years ago,
the first slave ship
arrived in North America.

The 400 Foundation is working to advance economic equality in New York City’s development and construction industry.

Raising voices.
Building careers.

Faith leaders are stepping up to address 400 years of economic injustice by promoting jobs and opportunities for men and women of color in New York City’s development and construction industry.

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City and State elected officials must ensure full access to all construction jobs and increase training budgets to fund expanded workforce development programs. They also need to remove historic barriers to employment and prevent new barriers that would block access for minority workers.


City and State elected officials must enact new bonding and insurance guarantees to help minority contractors secure contracts; remove burdensome and prohibitive regulations such as the state’s costly Scaffold Law; and provide technical assistance to give entrepreneurs a path to success.


Minority-owned development and construction firms in New York City need greater access to capital. This can be achieved by creating new public and private funding sources to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and expand the hiring of minorities.

Rev. Dr. Kahli C. Mootoo

Pastor | The Historic Emanuel AME Church, Harlem

“Upon this rock, our moral movement will deliver the good jobs and economic opportunities that have been denied to our brothers and sisters for far too long.”


When the first African slave ship arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619, it was the beginning of consistent inequality in America. Much of New York City’s development and construction industry does not provide full access to opportunities for workers and business owners of color.

Rev. Clinton Miller

Pastor | Brown Memorial Baptist Church

“We will build stronger foundations for all communities of color in New York City.”


The 400 Foundation is a five-borough, faith-based campaign, established and led by pastors and clergy across New York City whose congregants and communities continue to suffer from 400 years of injustice. We are continuing the vision set forth by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for economic justice.

Rev. Reginald Bachus

Associate Pastor | Abyssinian Baptist Church

“We have the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past by passing legislation that removes the barriers and loosens the grip that individuals have had on the development and construction industry.”


We can only advance this vision for justice if we work together and raise our collective voices loud enough so that we simply cannot be ignored. And this will only happen if faith leaders all across the city step up and help spread our message. Join The 400 Foundation and be a part of the moral movement for economic equality.

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We can only achieve our goals if we raise the voices of community members all across New York City in the shared effort to advance economic equality and create good jobs. Let’s do this together. 

For additional background on the 400-year struggle, learn more by viewing the