The 1619 Project: Reading and Community Discussion

Online via Zoom
Wednesday, October 28, 4:30-5:45 pm
Wednesday, November 11, 4:30-5:45 pm

Is the 1619 Project a groundbreaking exploration of the legacy of Black Americans, or un-American propaganda? We will read the project in full and discuss the public and critical responses to it. Conceived by Pulitzer-Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones and published by the New York Times Magazine in 2019 to mark the 400 years since American slavery began, the 1619 Project reframes American political, social, and economic history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of our national narrative. The collection of essays, poems, and short fictional pieces has continued as a podcast, a high-school curriculum, and an upcoming book series, even as it has been criticized by progressive historians, libertarian economists, and cultural conservatives, and has spawned a competing 1776 Unites! project. We hope for a lively community discussion!

Sessions will be facilitated by Richmond resident Rebecca Starks. A poet, freelance editor and teacher, Rebecca has facilitated regular reading and writing workshops for OLLI through the University of Vermont.

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS. After registering, you will be sent a pdf link to the 1619 Project as well as a Zoom link for the first meeting.

Use this form to sign up for this free program: https://forms.gle/yBpuVkE66431Sabs6

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