An Arlington Reads Signature Author Event

Join us for a lecture by author Nikole Hannah-Jones about her book "The 1619 Project" and the freedom to read. The presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of One More Page Books

Location: This Arlington Public Library event will take place at Washington-Liberty High School's Auditorium (1301 N Stafford Street, Arlington, VA, 22201). 

While this event is taking place at Washington-Liberty High School, Arlington Public Schools is not involved in the planning or hosting of this event.

Parking: Parking is available at Washington-Liberty High School in the 66 parking lot and garage, on the north side of the school building. Additional parking is available at Central Library (1015 N Quincy Street). 

RSVP for an event reminder. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and attendance is first-come, first-served until capacity is reached.

The event will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. There will be no recording. 

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This event suports Arlington Public Library's celebration of Banned Books Week.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Events for High Schoolers Good for Adults Age 55+
Author Talk Book Club Lecture
Arlington Public Library
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About the book

The animating idea of "The 1619 Project" is that our national narrative is more accurately told if we begin not on July 4, 1776, but in late August of 1619, when a ship arrived in Jamestown bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric and unprecedented system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country's original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country's very origin. The 1619 Project tells this new origin story, placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country. Orchestrated by the editors of The New York Times Magazine, led by MacArthur "genius" and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, this collection of essays and historical vignettes includes some of the most outstanding journalists, thinkers, and scholars of American history and culture - including Linda Villarosa, Jamelle Bouie, Jeneen Interlandi, Matthew Desmond, Wesley Morris, and Bryan Stevenson. 

About the author

Nikole Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the "1619 Project" and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She 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. Hannah-Jones also earned the John Chancellor Award for Distinguished Journalism and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen's Club of New York. In 2020 she was inducted into the Society of American Historians and in 2021 she was named a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She also serves as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she is founding the Center for Journalism & Democracy. In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which seeks to increase the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame.

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