Veteran investigative journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones (2020 Pulitzer Prize winner), Ron Nixon (Associated Press Global Investigations Editor), and Topher Sanders (ProPublica Reporter and Peabody Award winner), founders of the Ida B. Wells Society at UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media, offer reflections on the origins of “The 1619 Project” and Black journalism today. Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Joseph Jordan (Director, UNC Stone Center for Black Culture and History). This keynote launches the first in a series of six October 2020 virtual events honoring pioneering African American Journalist Ida B. Wells.
To celebrate the life and work of Black journalist, advocate and educator Ida B. Wells, the Center for the Study of the American South joins the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition and the Chapel Hill-Carborro NAACP in hosting six virtual events throughout the month of October 2020.Wells-Barnett used the power of words to stop racial violence. She risked her life to shine “the light of truth” on lynching at its height in the U.S. between the 1890s and 1930s.
Our symposia collection of panel discussions, lectures, educator workshops, and performances encourages the continued work of investigative journalism and increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color.