Creator of 'The 1619 Project' Visits Lehigh

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Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times staff writer and creator of "The 1619 Project" spoke to an audience at Baker Hall at the Zoellner Arts Center on Lehigh's campus about the backlash against her work and what that means for the United States. The project, named for the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in America, was published in The New York Times Magazine to coincide with the 400th anniversary of first slave ship's arrival.  Later released as a book, "The 1619 Project" garnered mixed reactions from some historians, with some claiming that it misrepresented the American Revolution and distorted Abraham Lincoln's legacy.  Some of the fallout included bans on teaching the project in a majority of states.  “If we are, in fact, a country that can be destroyed by a single work of journalism, we weren’t that great of a country in the first place,” Hannah-Jones said.  Read the full story here.