Creator of 1619 Project Nikole Hannah Jones is BPS Urban Forum’s Guest Speaker

Nikole Hannah Jones (pictured above) will serve as Keynote speaker at the Buffalo Public Schools 6th Annual Urban Forum on March 16, 2021 at 9:00am. She will engage in a moderated discussion with Associate Superintendent, Dr. Fatima Morrell.  Mrs. Hannah-Jones will discuss her groundbreaking and landmark work included in the 1619 Project,  and how that project informs us about the legacy of enslavement and its reverberating impact on American history and society and current events today, especially as related to Black and Brown communities of color. This professional discussion and learning will bolster the local school district’s efforts in implementing best practices for emancipatory curriculum and teaching . 

The Meeting ID to  attend this ZOOM virtual forum,  is  984 2548 4992   Passcode:: Legacy

In September the Trump  Office of Management and Budget ordered federal  agencies to “begin to identify all contracts or other age the agency spending related to anything on the  “critical race theory “(i.e. Black history and documents such as the 1619 Project) which it described as “UnAmerican propaganda.” President Biden recently undid the Trump administration’s    band  which was designed to stop a nationwide   intellectual movement to teach  historical Black truths to students.

snap shot of the 1619 project first published by ny times in 2019

Mrs. Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and creator of the Landmark 1619 Project.  a long-form journalism project she developed  with writers from The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine which “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States‘ national narrative”. The project was first published in The New York Times Magazine in August 2019 for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in England’s Virginia colony. The project later included a broadsheet article, live events, and a podcast.[3]  Nikole Hannah Jones  is an award-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. Nikole got hooked on journalism when she joined her high school newspaper and began writing about students like her, who were bused across town as part of a voluntary school desegregation program. 

Prior to joining The New York Times, Nikole worked as an investigative reporter at ProPublica in New York City, where she spent three years chronicling the way official policy created and maintains segregation in housing and schools. Before that, she reported for the largest daily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest, The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., where she covered numerous beats, including demographics, the census and county government. 

Nikole is a native Iowan, a child produced by the hopes of both the Great Migration and those who migrated from foreign shores. She has also lived in Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Oregon. Now she is Bed-Stuy fly in Brooklyn. Her heroes are the race beat reporters, such as Ida B. Wells, Ethel Payne, Simeon Booker and Claude Sitton, whose fearless coverage helped move this nation closer to its promise.

If you are not familiar with the 1619 project you can watch the video below or click  learn more here