Today: The New York Times 1619 Project brought to Xavier by John Legend

The New York Times is launching a special project commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the moment in August of 1619 that the first enslaved Africans arrived in what would become the United States. Xavier students are invited to be among the first to experience this project.

On Aug. 18, The Times Magazine will publish a special project commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the moment in August of 1619 that the first enslaved Africans arrived in what would become the United States.

Spearheaded by Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning Times journalist, the special issue of the magazine examines the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in this country. It features articles from some the country’s foremost journalists and scholars, including Hannah-Jones herself, Wesley Morris, Jamelle Bouie, Linda Villarosa, Bryan Stevenson, Tiya Miles, Khalil Muhammad and others; as well as original poetry and fiction by Rita Dove, Jesmyn Ward, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tyehimba Jess, Eve Ewing, Jaqueline Woodson, and others; and new artwork from major black artists like Adam Pendleton and Nina Chanel Abney. This ambitious collection of work aims to reframe ideas about American history, placing the consequences of slavery, and the contributions of African-Americans, at the center of the national narrative.

This issue addresses the legacy of slavery. And on the same day it arrives, The Times will also publish a special section of the newspaper devoted to the history of slavery. The special issue and section, which will go live on Aug. 15 at nytimes.com/1619, are just two components of an ambitious, multi disciplinary effort The Times is undertaking this fall entitled The 1619 Project. The project launches with an event on Aug. 13 at the TimesCenter in New York.  The project also includes a multi episode podcast, featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, that will launch on The Daily, The Times’ award-winning daily news podcast, on August 20, and continue to publish new episodes into September. The Times is also partnering with The Pulitzer Center to convert the contents of The 1619 Project into educational materials that will be taught in schools and universities throughout the fall. And other sections of the newspaper will continue to publish stories that relate to the theme of the project throughout the fall, leading up to Oct. 30, when The 1619 Project will conclude with a major event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

We’d like for students of Xavier University to be among the readers to experience this issue of The Times Magazine. On behalf of John Legend and his non-profit organization ” The Show Me Campaign,” The Times will send 2,000 copies of the issue to XUMedia to be distributed to our students for free.

Lastly, to kick off the project, The New York Times will host a live event on Tuesday, August 13th. It will be an evening of conversation and performance, featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, Wesley Morris, Jamelle Bouie, Tyehimba Jess and more. Please share with your colleagues or anyone you think might be interested in participating. You can find more information about the event and tune in live here.

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