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Ideas Exchange / Book Club Event with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Kevin Merida

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ideas Exchange in partnership with LA Times Book Club presents Pulitzer Prize Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones and Executive Editor Kevin Merida

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones will discuss her new book, “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story,” with Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida on Nov. 30.

In August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia bearing a cargo of 20 to 30 enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the system of American slavery that would last for the next 250 years. “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” expands on Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Magazine project that reframed American history to place slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative.

“The 1619 Project” will be published on Nov. 16 and includes expanded versions of the series’ original essays as well as new fiction, poetry and photography that explores the legacy of slavery in present-day America.

Contributors include Michelle Alexander, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Jamelle Bouie, Nikky Finney, Vievee Francis, Yaa Gyasi, Terrance Hayes, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Robert Jones, Jr., Ibram X. Kendi, Kiese Laymon, Darryl Pinckney, Claudia Rankine, Jason Reynolds, Danez Smith, Tracy K. Smith, Bryan Stevenson and Jesmyn Ward.

Hannah-Jones also is publishing a companion children’s book, “The 1619 Project: Born on the Water.”

In August, Hannah-Jones joined the faculty of Howard University as the inaugural Knight Chair in race and journalism after a battle over tenure at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her tenure approval initially was blocked by the university’s Board of Trustees as well as a conservative donor, amid controversy over the 1619 Project.

The board later granted Hannah-Jones tenure, but she declined the offer. Instead, Hannah-Jones moved to Howard, where she is establishing the Center for Journalism and Democracy.

When: Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. PT

Where: This in-person event will be held at The Montalban Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets also will be available to view this event as a virtual event.

Bookseller: A limited number of signed copies of “The 1619 Project” are available from Eso Won Books.

Tickets: L.A. Times subscribers receive discounted tickets for this event, which offers readers a choice of attending in person or virtually. All tickets include a copy of “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story”

In-person Event: $60 Times Subscribers (with code); $70 for general public. Your ticket includes admission to the event and a six-month digital subscription to the Times for non-subscribers.

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. In 2017, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the Genius Grant, for her work on educational inequality. She has also won a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, three National Magazine Awards, and the 2018 John Chancellor distinguished journalism award from Columbia University. In 2016, Nikole co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared towards increasing the numbers of investigative reporters of color.

Kevin Merida joined the Los Angeles Times in June 2021 as executive editor. Previously, he was senior vice president at ESPN and editor in chief of The Undefeated, a multimedia platform exploring the intersections of race, sports, and culture. While at ESPN, he also oversaw the investigative/news enterprise unit, the television shows “E:60” and “Outside the Lines,” and chaired ESPN’s editorial board. Prior to ESPN, Merida spent 22 years at the Washington Post in a variety of roles including managing editor for news and features coverage during which time he helped lead the Post to four Pulitzer Prizes, and the newspaper embarked on a digital transformation that made it one of the fastest growing news organizations in the country. Merida is co-author of “Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas” and “Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs.” He was named Journalist of the Year in 2000 by the National Assn. of Black Journalists and received NABJ’s Chuck Stone Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. Merida is also a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.


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