The 1619 Project is a special initiative of The New York Times Magazine, launched in 2019 to mark the completion of 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in colonial Virginia’s Jamestown in August 1619. The edition consists of 30 written and visual pieces by journalists, historians, poets, playwrights, authors and artists, examining how social structures that developed in the US as a consequence of slavery affect present-day laws, policies, systems and culture, and the contributions of Black people in America’s nation-building. It is a brainchild of Nikole Hannah-Jones, a MacArthur Grant-winning journalist with the NYT Magazine, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2020 for her work on the edition.
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