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Pulitzer Prize Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones Can Add Her Hulu Docuseries To Her Accomplishments

Pulitzer Prize Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones can add her Hulu docuseries, "The 1619 Project," to her exceptional list of accomplishments! This week, Nikole's hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, cheered loudly for her as several friends, family members, and others shared their sentiments about watching the show's debut.

Hulu picked up the series after Hannah-Jones' essay from "The 1619 Project" won the Pulitzer Prize in 2020. The book includes a compilation of essays, poems, stories, and thoughts from various contributors about the impacts of U.S. slavery; Hannah-Jones said she wants to change how slavery is viewed in the nation. "The 1619 Project" also covers The New York Times journalist's experiences as a biracial person growing up in the minimally diverse state of Iowa. During one episode, she recants about her father being a patriotic citizen and flying an American flag outside their family's home, despite blatant racism toward Blacks in our nation.

"No part of America's story has been untouched by the legacy of slavery," states Hannah-Jones in the docuseries. The six-episode docuseries argues that although America abolished slavery centuries ago, overt racism toward Black Americans has been continuously allowed and undercuts its Black citizens.

The author has been greatly celebrated and reproached. Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars, created a petition to revoke Hannah-Jones' Pulitzer Prize based on her essay's statements about America protecting the institution of slavery. The association found her work regarding this to be falsely written. However, Howard University recently welcomed her as a tenured professor in the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.

The wordsmith has made quite the name for herself. Hannah-Jones is now an expert in her respective schools of thought and has valued opinions that will continue to garner the attention of the masses.

Photo Credit: Nikole Hannah-Jones


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