“The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story,” a conversation between Nikole Hannah-Jones and Carol Anderson, Ph.D., will be held on Friday, November 19, beginning at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.
The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project” issue, published in August 2019, sought to reframe our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. In a dramatic expansion of this groundbreaking work of journalism, “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story,” led by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the inaugural Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University’s Cathy Hughes School of Communications, and the founder of Howard’s Center for Journalism and Democracy, along with an editorial team from The Times, offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present. This new book weaves together 18 essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with 36 poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle and resistance. The essays show how the inheritance of 1619 reaches into every part of contemporary American society, from politics, music, diet, traffic and citizenship to capitalism, religion and our democracy itself.
The book’s essays, fiction, and poetry are authored by Hannah-Jones, Matthew Desmond, Ph.D. (FAN ’16), Bryan Stevenson (FAN ’15 and ’16), Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D. (FAN ’18 and ’19), Eve L. Ewing (FAN ’18), Jason Reynolds (FAN ’20), and Jesmyn Ward (FAN ’17), among many others.
Dr. Hannah-Jones will be in conversation with historian and award-winning, bestselling author Carol Anderson, Ph.D., (FAN ’21) the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University, who contributed an essay to the book.
The November 19 webinar is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with Evanston Township High School District 202, Baker Demonstration School, Beacon Academy, Bennett Day School, Catherine Cook School, Chiaravalle Montessori School, Christ Church Winnetka, Compass Health Center, Evanston Scholars, Evanston Township High School District 202, Foundation 65, Francis W. Parker School, Fusion Academy, Glencoe District 35, Haven Youth and Family Services, Kenilworth District 38, Lake Bluff District 65, Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools, Latin School of Chicago, Magnetar Capital, Mindful Psychology Associates, Near North Montessori School, New Trier High School District 203, New Trier Parents’ Association, North Shore Country Day, Pope John XXIII School, Regina Dominican High School, Rogers Park Montessori School, Roycemore School, Sacred Heart Schools, School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Stevenson High School District 125, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Parents’ Association, Wolcott College Prep, Woodlands Academy, Young, Black & Lit and Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.).
The event will be recorded and available later on FAN’s website and YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.familyactionnetwork.net.