Nikole Hannah-Jones: The 1619 Project

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In a landmark 2019 special issue of The New York Times Magazine, “The 1619 Project” led by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, challenged our country’s mainstream origin story and founding ideals, to reveal instead a nation shaped by the legacy of American slavery. Out of this project—which garnered Hannah-Jones a Pulitzer Prize—came the 1619 podcast, school curricula, and a renewed national conversation about race. Now comes a book by the same name: a retelling of U.S. history that foregrounds slavery and the contributions of Black Americans, featuring expanded essays by Hannah-Jones and prominent Black intellectuals, activists, and poets. Join Hannah-Jones at CHF for a conversation about how past and present racial inequity affects current practices of democracy, justice, education, and inheritance in our country.


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