The 1619 Project

Fall 2020 Common Reading Selection: Focus on Listening


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The 1619 Project

Directed by Nikole Hannah-Jones

The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. It is an interactive project with contributions by the newspaper's writers, including essays on the history of different aspects of contemporary American life which the authors believe have "roots in slavery and its aftermath.

'1619' is an audio series hosted by Hannah-Jones on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.



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