Progress Forum presents a free live stream with Nikole Hannah-Jones, September 8, 7:30 p.m. CT

Free live stream with Pulitzer winner Nikole Hannah-Jones on her book, the #1 bestseller The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, September 8 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, Aug. 27, 2022 / — Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones will talk about her New York Times number one bestselling book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, in a free livestream Thursday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. CT. The live stream is a recording of his recent appearance at the Progressive Forum in Houston.

Participants can register for the livestream at:

The ACLU of Texas is the event sponsor and promotional partner.

Live stream attendees will receive a 10% discount on Project 1619 through partner bookstore Kindred Stories.

In 2021, Governor Abbott and Texas lawmakers explicitly banned Project 1619 from being taught in K-12 public schools.

“Whether you like the book or not, the state book ban is un-American, and everyone should oppose it,” said Randall Morton, founder of the Progressive Forum. “I am thrilled to take a stand with our partners at the ACLU of Texas who are leading the way in protecting civil rights and racial justice.”

Oni Blair, Executive Director of the ACLU of Texas, said, “The censorship of the 1619 Project and other books about the experiences of black people, people of color, Jews and queers erases our histories, our cultures and our identities. We are an integral part of the past, present and future of Texas and the United States. As a black woman, parent of public school students, and executive director of the ACLU of Texas, I am proud to join the Progressive Forum in welcoming Nikole Hannah-Jones as she shares her groundbreaking work in the project 1619 and reminds us of the importance of our First Amendment rights.

The program will feature Nikole Hannah-Jones co-interviewed by Randall Morton and Oni Blair. Hannah-Jones will sign books at the end of the evening.

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a reporter for the New York Times, covering racial injustice. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for her work creating the 1619 Project. In 2017, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the Genius Fellowship, for her work on educational inequality. . In 2021, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has won a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, three National Magazine Awards, and the 2018 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 2016, she co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentoring organization aimed at increasing the number of investigative journalists of color. Hannah-Jones holds the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she founded the Center for Journalism and Democracy.

The 1619 Project grew out of a special edition of The New York Times Magazine marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of a ship in the British colony of Virginia in August 1619 carrying a cargo of 20 to 30 slaves from Africa. The 1619 Project reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative, now in a book that weaves together 19 essays that explore the legacy of slavery in America today, along with 36 poems and works of fiction, showing how the legacy of 1619 reaches every part of contemporary America. society, from politics, music, food, traffic and citizenship, to capitalism, religion and our democracy itself. It reveals long-hidden truths around the founding of our nation – and how this legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation but continues to shape modern American life.

About the Progressive Forum

The Progressive Forum is the only conference series in the country expressly devoted to progressive values. It is one of the largest speaker series in the world producing in-person events as well as free live streams. Its mission is to present to great minds in all fields of human endeavor answers for the success of individuals, our species and life.

Founded in 2005 by Randall Morton, the history of the Progressive Forum includes several national book launches, including An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen, father of climate science, and My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The Forum provided the premiere of Robert Redford’s film, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars, which Redford presented. Gloria Steinem celebrated the 30th anniversary of the National Women’s Conference in Houston. Other speakers include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and 68th Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as Jane Goodall, Ken Burns, Bill Moyers and more.

About the ACLU of Texas

The American Civil Liberties of Texas is the leading civil rights organization in Texas. Since its formation in 1938, it has worked in the courts, the legislature, and through public education to protect civil rights and individual liberty. The ACLU of Texas fights for immigrants who have been unconstitutionally detained and discriminated against, for racial equality, LGBT equality, reproductive freedom, and more. Offices are located in Houston, the state seat, as well as Dallas, El Paso, Rio Grande Valley and Austin.

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