From the Pulitzer Center, which is totally separate from the Pulitzer Prize:
Nikole Hannah-Jones Wins Pulitzer Prize for 1619 Project
May 04, 2020 | Project news, Education news, Awards
BY JEFF BARRUS
1619 Project wins Pulitzer Prize
Nikole Hannah-Jones was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for The 1619 Project, The New York Times Magazine’s groundbreaking exploration of the legacy of Black Americans starting with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in 1619.
As The 1619 Project’s official education partner, the Pulitzer Center has connected curricula based on the work of Hannah-Jones and her collaborators to some 4,500 classrooms since August 2019.
Highlights of the Center’s 1619 Project education work include:
Tens of thousands of students in all 50 states engaged with the curricular resources, which include reading guides, lesson plans, and extension activities.
Tens of thousands of copies of the magazine were shipped by The New York Times and the Pulitzer Center to students and educators at K-12 schools, community colleges, HBCUs, and other campuses.
Five school systems adopted the project at broad scale: Buffalo, New York; Chicago; Washington, DC; Wilmington, Delaware; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Pulitzer Center events were organized with Hannah-Jones in five cities and at educational institutions including Whitney Young Magnet High School, Wilbur Wright College of City Colleges of Chicago, University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Winston-Salem’s RJ Reynolds High School, Washington, DC’s Dunbar High School, and HBCUs Howard University, Hampton University, and Huston Tillotson University.
The Center congratulates Hannah-Jones on her historic win and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with her and the team at The New York Times Magazine on this important work.
As you’ll recall, the New York Times’ “1619 Project” about how blacks are absolutely the center of American history was announced by NYT editor Dean Baquet as the NYT’s Plan B after the ignominious failure of its Plan A to get Trump, its RussiaGate Conspiracy Theory.
As I wrote in December:
Myself, I kind of like the NYT’s crackpot theory (that 1776 was motivated by the urge to oppress blacks) more than do the five distinguished (but white) historians.
My personal crackpot theory of the American Revolution is that it was motivated less by the urge to keep blacks down than by the urge to conquer the North American continent from the American Indians and their European allies. …
So, my crackpot theory of the Revolution is that it had more to do with the American desire to beat up on the poor Indians and take their land, and that the Crown was reluctant to help the colonists do that.
But because I have my own personal crackpot theory of the American Revolution, I’m not all that dismissive or hostile toward the NYT having their own personal crackpot theory either.
But of course, in summary, I advocated we go even further back into the past to understand present day American race relations:
America needs a “1618 Project” to educate naive Americans about the numerous connections between African-American behavioral tendencies in 2020 and the sub-Saharan environments and cultures in which their ancestors evolved over the previous 70,000 years.