Remember The 400 Foundation
RememberThe400 Foundation is wholly dedicated to the creation of a more equitable society. We strive to positively impact efforts to bridge the divide between race and ethnicity that negatively impacts Black people across the globe. As a global non-profit, our vision is to empower the descendants of the Children of Slavery with the tools, support, and foundation they need to survive, thrive, and begin healing.
One of the most critical ways we achieve our goals is by focusing on the youth. We firmly believe investing in our youth can create a better future for all. The youth are the future of our society, and we work tirelessly to support impoverished youth in marginalized areas affected by racism, providing them with the necessary resources to succeed. Our for-youth-by-youth initiatives include visiting schools and youth programs, teaching Black history, and working with local politicians and community organizers to spread awareness.
Remember the 400’s mission is to empower our youth to tell the true story of the atrocities of Black Lives and our contributions globally; and to affect positive change in economic, equality and social justice where the descendants of the children of slavery reside today.
Our vision is that of an equitable society. One that fosters awareness and understanding amongst all racial/ethnic groups; and one that can provide the descendants of the Children of Slavery with the necessary tools, support, and foundation needed not only to thrive but to begin the process of healing the racial divide.
Our obligation is to celebrate the achievements of the Children of Slavery and their descendants while setting the stage to move forward and towards racial tolerance and reconciliation by upholding the following values:
Education: to bring about awareness of the identity, atrocities, and contributions of the Children of Slavery.
Commitment: to healing the racial divide by cultivating economic empowerment, respect of families and personal integrity.
Service to Others: lead, partner, or participate with community organizers, programs or events that serve to enhance the experience of our youth and promote equality and social justice.
Leadership: inspiring the vision and setting the direction forward.
Citizenship: fostering the precepts of respect and the rights and privileges of all cultures within society.
Call to Action
We encourage you to join us as we commence the process of healing the racial divide by cultivating a society where peace and prosperity reign for ALL.
You can do this by:
Signing our petition to establish August as Freedom Month.
Donating (service, materials, equipment or monetary) to help our cause.
Volunteering your time during community events.
Joining our mailing list.
Partnering with government, public, private, and corporate sectors to affect positive change.
Shadrock Porter, Founder
Shadrock Porter is a Public Speaker, Movie and TV actor, Author, Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Producer and Director of many spectacular theatrical plays. Shadrock Porter is well known for his creation, “The Story of Ruth”, “Freedom Fighters”, “Shadow of the Slaves” a theatrical play honouring Canada for being a haven for slaves during the era of the underground railroad. He is also known for, “Freedom Fighters, In the Mind of a Child”, and his latest, “The Journey”, a sold-out theatrical production in New York, London and Toronto, just to name a few locations. Shadrock Porter is the winner of the Canadian Dora Mavor Moore Award for playing Nick Bottom in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in 1983 and he is still a full member of the Canadian actor’s union “Actra”.
We want to thank Elder Shadrock Porter, who has dedicated his life to teaching the history, culture and identity of the children of slavery while sharing the prophetic nature of their enslavement. He is to be applauded for being a visionary in bringing about the movement of #rememberthe400 and offering the solution to healing from this dark time in world history.
Doreen Simpson, President
Doreen Simpson is the honorable president of the Remember The 400 foundation, a non-profit organization. Since appointed to her position in June 2020, Doreen has used her platform to be a passionate and devoted leader committed to creating a convivial environment where communities can live in prosperity.
Over the past fifteen years, she has dedicated a portion of her time avidly volunteering with black youth. Doreen empowers these youths to strive for academic excellence and self-pride.
Since 2004, her previous roles include being a Director for R.I.S.E Youth Group, where she focused on improving the quality of black historical education being taught to young up and coming leaders across Toronto, Canada and the United States. Doreen also holds a senior position within the film and television industry. In addition to supporting young people, she is keen on building partnerships under the umbrella of solidarity that will aid in forming a positive regional impact for social development within our communities.
Doreen has spearheaded the implementation of new initiatives within the Remember The 400 Foundation. Her vision for the foundation is to be the leading voice in fighting for August as “Freedom Month”. This vision also entails allowing those who identify as the descendants of the slaves to acknowledge and remember their history together.
Tyrone Swaray, Vice President
Tyrone Swaray is the committed and determined Vice President of Remember The 400 Foundation. As a 2012 Olympic hopeful, accomplished athlete, motivational speaker, personal trainer, and community leader, he knows what it is like to commit his life to excellence.
Tyrone brings his many years of experience motivating others to be their best, to instil a sense of purpose and pride in the youth of his community. With his deep passion for shaping the next generation, Tyrone is a great help in guiding Remember The 400 members to strive for excellence in whatever they do.
Tyrone helps members access the deeper potential within themselves and guides them to form their talents to assist in the more significant effort of healing the racial divide. The success of his efforts serves as a constant reminder that with hard work and dedication, dreams do come true. As an aspiring figure of professionalism for the youth within our communities, Tyrone leaves young people with a higher understanding of their self-worth, which enables them to expand their dreams and visions for their future.