Nikole Hannah-Jones, educator, journalist | The news of the link
by Robin Martin
If you don’t know, Nicole Hannah Jones is an award-winning African American journalist. The New York Times sponsored Project 1619 was a historical and factual account of the institution of slavery, the tribal history of slaves, their role in America’s economic wealth, which made greatness America, the people and places in history most affected by the institution of slavery, the politics of slavery, education, the poverty of slavery, the separation of families, and more again.
The board of trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill declined the well-accredited and graduate tenure of UNC, due to its 1619 project. Jones had the support of the Chairs in the Faculty of Journalism at the UNC. UNC and students, however, it didn’t matter, politics mattered.
The board did not vote for tenure, but instead offered him a long-term contract.
Jones has issued a well-written statement of her ordeal, with the reasons why she declined the UNC offer. She did, however, accept a post at Howard University in Washington, DC, the first Knight Chair, a university built for the higher education of former slaves and their descendants, and named in honor of Civil War General Oliver. Otis Howard, who fought in Gettysburg, PA. .
Jones’ statement speaks on behalf of so many educators, current and former, who have suffered the same cruelty, at the mercy of predominantly Caucasian or male members at various levels of educational institutions in America.
Here is an excerpt from his statement released by the Legal Defense Fund:
“The last few weeks have been very dark. To be treated so miserably by my alma mater, by a university that gave me so much and to which I was only looking to give back, was deeply painful.
“The only bright light has been all of the people who have spoken out and fought back against the dangerous attack on academic freedom that sought to punish me for the nature of my work, attacks that black and marginalized professors face across the country. .
“I can’t imagine working and running a school named after a man who lobbied against me, who used his wealth to influence hiring and the ideology of the journalism school, who ignored my 20s. years of journalism experience, all my credentials, all my work, because he believed that a project centered on black Americans was tantamount to bashing white Americans. Nor can I work in an institution whose leadership has allowed this conduct and has done nothing to disavow it. How could I believe I would be able to exercise academic freedom with the school’s biggest donor so willing to publicly denigrate me and try to pull the strings behind the scenes? Why would I want to teach at a university whose top management has chosen to remain silent, refuse transparency, not publicly advocate for me to be treated like every other Knight Chair before me? Or for a university overseen by a board of trustees that puts politics so much above what’s best for the university we all love? These times require courage, and those who have had the most power in this situation have shown the least. “
African American History
1827 – New York State abolishes slavery
1852 – July 5, Frederick Douglass gives his famous “What To the Slave is the Fourth of July?”