Date and Time
Nov 28, 2021 6:00 pm
14th & V
Join us for an evening you don’t want to miss with New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of THE 1619 PROJECT: A NEW ORIGIN STORY. THE 1619 PROJECT first made a splash in August of 2019 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to what we call modern-day Virginia. The 1619 Project “aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States' national narrative” and A NEW ORIGIN STORY does not disappoint. RSVP for a guaranteed seat in the event space where Nikole Hannah-Jones will be speaking, or show up in person the day of for first-come-first-serve seating in the rest of the restaurant to watch the program through livestream.
This event is a full restaurant event with full food and drink service available during the program. To be inside the Langston Room with Nikole herself, you must purchase a EVENT ROOM ADMISSION WITH BOOK or EVENT ROOM ADMISSION ticket for each person. Nikole will be in conversation with associate director of Teaching for Change, Nakeesha "Keesha" Ceran. This event is both ticketed and first-come-first-serve, and will also be accessible through our Facebook and Youtube pages (@busboysandpoets).
In observation of COVID-19 safety precautions and guidelines listed by the New York Times, you MUST have a recent (within three days of the event) negative COVID-19 PCR test or proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 if you would like to be able to enter the Event Room.
Please RSVP if you are interested in guaranteed admission to the Langston Event Room where the program will be taking place live. One (1) ticket means entry for one (1) guest each.
The event will be livestreamed to the entire restaurant with first come, first serve seating available in the dining room. We cannot guarantee seats outside of the Event Room. Doors open to the Langston Hughes room at Busboys and Poets 14th & V at 5:30 PM on November 28th, 2021. The program itself will begin at 6 PM with an introduction from Busboys and Poets Books Director of Operations, Lori Barrientos Sanchez, before we dive right in with Nikole to learn more about what the 1619 project is, hear more from the brilliant professor and New York Times reporter, and to learn more about the true origins of American society today. With essays from various authors and icons like Michelle Alexander, Matthew Desmond, Kiese Laymon, and more, THE 1619 PROJECT is guaranteed to be the “it” book of the season. There will be time for Q&A with the audience before the end of the program, as well as the opportunity to purchase a copy of THE 1619 PROJECT: A NEW ORIGIN STORY.
ABOUT THE 1619 PROJECT: A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, THE 1619 PROJECT: A NEW ORIGIN STORY offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.
In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country's original sin, but it is more than that: It is the source of so much that still defines the United States.
The New York Times Magazine's award-winning "1619 Project" issue reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. This new book substantially expands on that work, weaving together eighteen essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with thirty-six poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance. The essays show how the inheritance of 1619 reaches into every part of contemporary American society, from politics, music, diet, traffic, and citizenship to capitalism, religion, and our democracy itself.
This is a book that speaks directly to our current moment, contextualizing the systems of race and caste within which we operate today. It reveals long-glossed-over truths around our nation's founding and construction--and the way that the legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation, but continues to shape contemporary American life.
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and creator of the landmark 1619 Project. In 2017, she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, known as the Genius Grant, for her work on educational inequality. She has also won a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, three National Magazine Awards, and the 2018 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University. In 2016, Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared toward increasing the number of investigative reporters of color. Hannah-Jones is the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism at Howard University, where she has founded the Center for Journalism and Democracy. In 2021, she was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in the world.
Nakeesha “Keesha” Ceran serves as the associate director of Teaching for Change. Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write, and change the world. Keesha holds three degrees in Political Science as a proud community college graduate and a double alumna of American University, with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
Featuring contributions from: Leslie Alexander - Michelle Alexander - Carol Anderson - Joshua Bennett - Reginald Dwayne Betts - Jamelle Bouie - Anthea Butler - Matthew Desmond - Rita Dove - Camille Dungy - Cornelius Eady - Eve L. Ewing - Nikky Finney - Vievee Francis - Yaa Gyasi - Forrest Hamer - Terrance Hayes - Kimberly Annece Henderson - Jeneen Interlandi - Honorée Fanonne Jeffers - Barry Jenkins - Tyehimba Jess - Martha S. Jones - Robert Jones, Jr. - A. Van Jordan - Ibram X. Kendi - Eddie Kendricks - Yusef Komunyakaa - Kevin Kruse - Kiese Laymon - Trymaine Lee - Jasmine Mans - Terry McMillan - Tiya Miles - Wesley Morris - Khalil Gibran Muhammad - Lynn Nottage - ZZ Packer - Gregory Pardlo - Darryl Pinckney - Claudia Rankine - Jason Reynolds - Dorothy Roberts - Sonia Sanchez - Tim Seibles - Evie Shockley - Clint Smith - Danez Smith - Patricia Smith - Tracy K. Smith - Bryan Stevenson - Nafissa Thompson-Spires - Natasha Trethewey - Linda Villarosa - Jesmyn Ward