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Nikole Hannah-Jones Is Bringing ‘The 1619 Project’ To Chicago With WBEZ’s Natalie Moore

The free October discussion with examine the negative and positive reactions since the publication of "The 1619 Project" in 2019.

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CHICAGO — Fans of “The 1619 Project” can explore the historical anthology and the aftermath of its release alongside the Pulitzer Prize-winning author behind the project at a free event this month. 

“The 1619 Project Revisited: Race, History, and the Future” will take place 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 18, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. You can also livestream the event here:  www.bit.ly/fpcvideos

Award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will join WBEZ’s “South Side Lois Lane,” Natalie Moore, for an hour-plus discussion on the anthology series. D. Bradford Hunt, professor and chair of Loyola University’s Department of History, will moderate the panel. 

The New York Times’ “1619 Project,” launched in 2019, monumentalizes the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the United States through a series of essays. The text explores how slavery in America is the foundation of the nation’s past, present and future. Jones’ leading essay won a Pulitzer Prize in 2020.  

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

This month’s discussion between Jones and Moore will reflect on the national positive and negative reactions to the project since its release.

In January, Jones faced pushback from members of The Union League Club of Chicago after leaked emails sent by members of the 142-year-old club called her a “discredited activist” ahead of an MLK Day speech. 

Guests will also “discuss the importance of playing a leadership role in creating awareness and dismantling systems of oppression to rebuild a new transparent and equitable order,” according to the event’s description.  

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