Nikole Hannah-Jones interacts as residents, public officials and the family of Ida B. Wells gather at the Oakwood Center for the unveiling of the Ida B. Wells Monument in Bronzeville on June 30, 2021. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

ENGLEWOOD — A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is coming to Englewood this weekend for a free community discussion about reparations.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the New York Times columnist behind the publication’s acclaimed “The 1619 Project,” will join leaders at Kennedy-King College for a conversation about “repairing the historic legacy of slavery and the centuries of institutional disenfranchisement that followed,” according to the event listing. 

The discussion is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the college’s theater, 740 W. 63rd St. Registration is free, but guests are limited to two tickets per person. You can RSVP for the event here

Kennedy-King College’s social science department will host the discussion alongside the Illinois African Decent-Citizens Reparations Commission. The state commission surveys and advances equitable standards in long-disinvested Black communities harmed by the “direct and systemic repercussions of slavery.” 

“The 1619 Project” began as a series of essays published by the New York Times in 2019, the 400th anniversary of American slavery. The anthology examines the ripple effect of slavery in America, from the country’s founding to its future. Hannah-Jones’ leading essay won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2020

“The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story,” a subsequent book released in 2021, expands the narrative with essays and poetry. 

Neighbors with questions about Saturday’s event are encouraged to email Ted Williams, social sciences department chair at Kennedy-King College, at ​

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Atavia Reed is a reporter for Block Club Chicago, covering the Englewood, Auburn Gresham and Chatham neighborhoods. Twitter @ataviawrotethis