Nikole Hannah-Jones In Person
May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Magic City Books and PEN America along with community partners The Black Wall Street Legacy Festival, The Black Wall Street Times and Fulton Street Books and Coffee are proud to welcome Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and creator of The 1619 Project for a free, in-person program on Tuesday May 31 at 7:00 pm at Booker T. Washington High School.
We are asking for guests to register in advance for this free program and all event related communication will be sent to the email address used to register for the event. Each individual guest must register, tickets are transferable.
All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test from within the previous 48 hours. Please be sure to come prepared with that documentation.
The proper wearing of face masks is encouraged and appreciated.
Copies of THE 1619 PROJECT by Nikole Hannah-Jones and BORN ON THE WATER by Nikole Hannah-Jones are available for sale at Magic City Books and will also be for sale at the event on May 31.
The animating idea of The 1619 Project is that our national narrative is more accurately told if we begin not on July 4, 1776, but in late August of 1619, when a ship arrived in Jamestown bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric and unprecedented system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country’s very origin.
The 1619 Project tells this new origin story, placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country. Orchestrated by the editors of The New York Times Magazine, led by MacArthur “genius” and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, this collection of essays and historical vignettes includes some of the most outstanding journalists, thinkers, and scholars of American history and culture–including Linda Villarosa, Jamelle Bouie, Jeneen Interlandi, Matthew Desmond, Wesley Morris, and Bryan Stevenson. Together, their work shows how the tendrils of 1619–of slavery and resistance to slavery–reach into every part of our contemporary culture, from voting, housing and healthcare, to the way we sing and dance, the way we tell stories, and the way we worship. Interstitial works of flash fiction and poetry bring the history to life through the imaginative interpretations of some of our greatest writers.
The 1619 Project ultimately sends a very strong message: We must have a clear vision of this history if we are to understand our present dilemmas. Only by reckoning with this difficult history and trying as hard as we can to understand its powerful influence on our present, can we prepare ourselves for a more just future.