This is a past event.

Nikole Hannah-Jones and The 1619 Project

Alice Vergueiro/Abraji | Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo, Flickr Creative Commons
Last year marked the 400th anniversary of when African chattel slaves first arrived in Virginia. The 1619 Project posits that this moment — and not July 4, 1776 — marks the true beginning of United States history. Originally published in August as a special issue of The New York Times, the comprehensive package of stories and podcast re-examines the history of the United States in this context. Since its release, however, historians have clashed with project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones’ reporting, including five white signatories, who approached NYT to correct “factual errors” due to 1619’s “displacement of historical understanding by ideology,” as historian Gordon Woods said in a letter. Last month, NYT’s editor in chief responded with a lengthy defense of the project, and Hannah-Jones took to Twitter with a more direct rebuttal: “The fact that you are so uncomfortable with a project commemorating the 400th anniversary of the slavery of African-descended people actually focusing on the experience and role of African-descended people is something you might want to contemplate.” Hannah-Jones will visit the University of Michigan to discuss the project alongside former Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley.

Venue Details

  • Rackham Auditorium

    915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor Greater Ann Arbor Area

    (734) 764-2538

    2 articles

Nearby

  • or

Newsletters

Join Detroit Metro Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Detroit celebrates the 96th America’s Thanksgiving Parade [PHOTOS]

Started in 1924 by the J. L. Hudson Company department store, America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit is one of the longest-running Thanksgiving…

By Kane Bergstrom

Detroit celebrates the 96th America’s Thanksgiving Parade [PHOTOS]
91 slides

Danny Brown brought his annual Bruiser Thanksgiving show to Detroit [PHOTOS]

Rapper Danny Brown brought his annual Bruisers Thanksgiving show to Detroit's Russell Industrial Center on Wednesday, where he previewed tracks off his…

By Joe Maroon

Danny Brown brought his annual Bruiser Thanksgiving show to Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center [PHOTOS]
60 slides

20 Black-owned Detroit businesses to support this holiday season

Detroit is one of the Blackest cities in America, but if you look around at some of the businesses that have "Detroit"…

By Alex Washington

Three Thirteen
19495 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-468-9444
If you're looking for anything Detroit streetwear, then look no further than Three Thirteen. The store carries Detroit brands and creates merchandise reflective of the culture. Want to rep your side of town? You can find a Westside (or Eastside) shirt here.
20 slides

This Palmer Woods home is up for sale and once belonged to a Detroit Tigers owner

Another home belonging to an early owner of the Detroit Tigers is up for sale. Briggs Mansion — built for and named…

By Alex Washington

This Palmer Woods home is up for sale and once belonged to a Detroit Tigers owner
64 slides