'1619 Project' Creator Nikole Hannah-Jones Considers Legal Action Over UNC Tenure Denial

Written by on May 28, 2021

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of The New York Occasions’ “1619 Undertaking,” mentioned she is contemplating authorized motion in opposition to the College of North Carolina, Chapel Hill after she wasn’t provided tenure for her new place with the varsity.

“I had no want to convey turmoil or a political firestorm to the college that I really like, however I’m obligated to battle again in opposition to a wave of anti-democratic suppression that seeks to ban the free change of concepts, silence Black voices and chill free speech,” Hannah-Jones mentioned in a press release Friday.

UNC introduced in April that the prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist would be part of the college’s Hussman journalism faculty because the Knight chair in race and investigative journalism, a place held by somebody acknowledged as a extremely revered information chief who brings “insights about journalism and [supports] elevating it within the academy.” Hannah-Jones beforehand created the “1619 Undertaking,” which examined anti-Black racism and the legacy of slavery in America as we speak. She can also be the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a commerce group devoted to supporting journalists of coloration.

Regardless of the celebrated appointment, the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees didn’t supply her a tenured place. Backlash was swift amongst supporters of Hannah-Jones and college at UNC.

“This failure is particularly disheartening as a result of it occurred regardless of the help for Hannah-Jones’s appointment as a full professor with tenure by the Hussman Dean, Hussman school, and college,” learn a press release from 40 members of the Hussman College’s school launched final week.

The school additionally identified that two earlier Knight chairs acquired tenure upon their appointments.

Hannah-Jones mentioned in her Friday assertion she will probably be represented by the NAACP Authorized Protection Fund.


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