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Nikole Hannah-Jones: 1619 Project

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Harold Washington Library Center


In honor of Juneteenth, Chicago Public Library is pleased to welcome Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of The 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. Hannah-Jones will be in conversation on her work on The 1619 Project with journalist Natalie Moore. 

The book version of The 1619 Project as well as The1619 Project children's book, Born on the Water, were instant #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her 1619 Project is now a six-part docuseries on Hulu and won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. 

She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she founded the Center for Journalism & Democracy. Hannah-Jones is also the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of investigative reporters and editors of color, and in 2022 she opened the 1619 Freedom School, a free, afterschool literacy program in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. Hannah-Jones holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame

Natalie Y. Moore is an award winning Chicago-based author and journalist. Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Her last book The South Side won the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction. She is a 2021 USA Fellow. The Pulitzer Center named her a 2020 Richard C. Longworth Media Fellow for international reporting. She is also co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation and Deconstructing Tyrone

How to Attend - In Person:

Doors to the Auditorium open at 5:30 p.m., and seating is first come, first served (350 capacity). Books are available for purchase, courtesy of Semicolon, and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

How to Attend - Virtual:
This event will also take place live on CPL's YouTube channel and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event as well! Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later.


Need sign language interpretation or other accessibility assistance for this event? Please call (312) 747-8184 or email to request accommodations. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

Photo: James Estrin, provided by author

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Adults: 18 and up
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