1776 Unites is a movement to liberate tens of millions of Americans…
by helping them become agents of their own uplift and transformation, by embracing the true founding values of our country.
Who We Are
1776 Unites represents a nonpartisan and intellectually diverse alliance of writers, thinkers, and activists focused on solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture, and upward mobility.
1776 Unites is a movement to shape the American future by drawing on the best of its past. Radically pragmatic and unapologetically patriotic, we hope to speak for Americans of all races, creeds, and political convictions who oppose the efforts to demoralize and demonize our country and its foundations from within, and to turn its people against one another with false history and grievance politics.
1776 Unites represents a nonpartisan and intellectually diverse alliance of hundreds of thousands of writers, thinkers, and activists focused on solutions to our country’s greatest challenges in education, culture, and upward mobility.
We acknowledge that racial discrimination exists — and work towards diminishing it. But we dissent from contemporary groupthink and rhetoric about race, class, and American history that defames our national heritage, divides our people, and instills helplessness among those who already hold within themselves the grit and resilience to better their lot in life.
1776 Unites maintains a special focus on voices in the black community who celebrate black excellence, reject victimhood culture, and showcase the millions of black Americans who have prospered by embracing the founding ideals of America.
We are intellectuals and journalists, entrepreneurs and grassroots activists, celebrating the progress America has made, the resilience of its people, and our future together. We seek decisive action in restoring our people’s confidence and advancing the cause of actual justice in the face of hostile messages that degrade the spiritual, moral, and political foundations of our nation.
1776 Unites is a project of the Woodson Center, a community transformation and empowerment organization founded by Robert L. Woodson, Sr. in 1981.
We are building a positive movement in response to the overwhelming narratives of oppression, grievance and ignorance to America’s history — and its promise for the future.
1776 Unites is a project of the Woodson Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1981 by Robert L. Woodson, Sr. We are in no way affiliated with any other “1776” group, commission, project, or association. If you support our mission, and want to help us build, please donate so we can do more.
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Featured Essays & Updates
Get to know the work and voices of the 1776 Unites Scholars and Achievers — voices that can impact our American future!
September 1, 2021
How Tulsa's Black Community Rebuilt Greenwood After the 1921 Massacre
August 16, 2021
Our Open Letter to the National School Boards Association & Local School Boards
July 26, 2021
Frederick Douglass and the essence of authentic antiracism
July 15, 2021
‘One front of many’: The Marxist agenda of Black Lives Matter
May 24, 2021
Our Comment on the Department of Education's Proposed Priorities in American History and Civics Education
April 6, 2021
1776 Unites Open Letter: Smith College Responds
October 11, 2021
In the fight for racial justice, equality of opportunity, not elitism, should be the goal
October 4, 2021
The lessons we still haven't learned from the Rosenwald schools
September 28, 2021
‘Heroic modern Black intellectuals’: Woodson Center adds to ‘1776 Unites’ curriculum
September 17, 2021
Critical Race Theory Distracts from Widespread Academic Underachievement
September 14, 2021
Defunding the Police Is Asinine and Counterproductive
September 14, 2021
Lil Nas X and Russell Westbrook remind us that financial wealth doesn’t fix spiritual poverty