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Who is Nikole Hannah Jones?
Born in 1976, Nikole Hannah-Jones was named a staff writer for The New York Times in April 2015. In 2017, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, and in 2020 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her controversial work, “The 1619 Project.”
What K-12 work has Nikole Hannah-Jones done?
Oregon Department of Education
The Oregon Department of Education paid $50,000 for the two webinars it hosted in May 2021 featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, according to a response to a public records request filed by Oregonians for Liberty in Education, a parent advocacy organization.
On Friday May 7, Hannah-Jones spoke to Oregon teachers on “1619: Centering Black History and Black Futures in Oregon.” The registration was advertised on the website of Portland Association of Teachers.
On Thursday May 13, she spoke to students on “the importance of black history, as well as how this history has helped to build our society today” and then she spoke to teachers on “how the historical events detailed in the 1619 Project can and should inform how we create the conditions of belonging for Black students, families, and educators in Oregon.”
The funds for the two events came from a program, Every Day Matters,” dedicated to reducing chronic absenteeism.