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New York Times Reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones Discusses The Impact of the 1619 Project


Wednesday September 22, 2021: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Rackham Auditorium


The Ann Arbor District Library is proud to welcome Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow, and winner of the National Magazine Award, for a discussion on her landmark work in: The New York Times Magazine’s The 1619 Project.  

This event has concluded. A non-interactive live stream of this event was available on Zoom. This event was not recorded.

This event will be held at Rackham Auditorium on the campus of the The University of Michigan. U-M requires the use of facial coverings by all individuals indoors on University of Michigan property, regardless of vaccination status. Full details are available here.

U-M also requires all visitors and members of the campus community to complete a preliminary health screening through ResponsiBLUE prior to entering U-M buildings. More information on ResponsiBLUE can be found here.

Released in August of 2019, The 1619 Project is a major multimedia initiative, named for the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in America. Originated by lead writer, Nikole Hannah-Jones, the 1619 Project includes essays, original works, and photography aimed at examining the relationship between slavery and social infrastructure, segregation, housing, music, sugar, health care and the undeniable truth that all aspects of American life are touched by its legacy. The many contributors to the project are Black American authors, activists, journalists and artists. 

In addition to her work on the 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy creates—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. In 2016, she was awarded a Peabody Award and George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story, “The Problem We All Live With.” She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, and was also named to 2019’s The Root 100 as well as Essence’s Woke 100. Her reporting has also won Deadline Club Awards, Online Journalism Awards, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, and  the Emerson College President’s Award for Civic Leadership. Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color. 

Along with The New York Times, Nikole Hannah-Jones's reporting has been featured in ProPublica, The Atlantic magazine, Huffington Post, Essence magazine, The Week magazine, Grist, Politico magazine, and on Face the Nation, This American Life, NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now, and radio stations across the country.  

“There isn’t a beat you can cover in Americaeducation, housingwhere race is not a factor.” Nikole Hannah-Jones

For more information about The 1619 Project, including the full pdf magazine and further reading visit

This event is supported in part by the Ladies' Library Association.


Nikole Hannah-Jones


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