Award-Winning Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to Speak at Williams College on 1619 Project and Racial Injustice

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 12, 2020—Nikole Hannah-Jones, journalist for The New York Times Magazine will deliver a talk titled “Reflections on 1619 and the 400 Years that Built a Nation” at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the MainStage in the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance. Tickets are required. To reserve tickets, call the ’62 Center Box Office Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 413-597-2425 or reserve online at

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers issues of racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and is the curator of the publication’s 1619 Project, which details the 400-year legacy of slavery in America. Hannah-Jones has spent years chronicling the way official policy has contributed to racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. She has written extensively on the history of racism, school re-segregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With, to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House.

Her piece “Worlds Apart” in The New York Times Magazine won the National Magazine Award for “journalism that illuminates issues of national importance” as well as the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. In 2016, she was awarded a Peabody Award and George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story, “The Problem We All Live With.” She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, and was also named to The Root 100.

Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color.

This event is sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies as part of the Schumann Fund initiative on Race and Democracy, now in its second year.


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