Nikole Hannah-Jones



The Oak Park Speaker Series welcomes York Times bestselling author Nikole Hannah-Jones to discuss her book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story.


Welcome to the Oak Park Speaker Series! Join us for an exciting evening featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones at Underground Books. Get ready to be inspired and enlightened by her powerful insights and thought-provoking ideas. This in-person event promises to be a memorable experience, so mark your calendars and don’t miss out! See you there!




Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark The 1619 Project, now a Hulu original docuseries.

Originally a special project of The New York Times Magazine, The 1619 Project book debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Nikole also co-wrote a children’s book, called Born on the Water, which also debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. The 1619 Project is now a six-part docuseries streaming on Hulu and won the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series.

Nikole is a believer in Black institutions, and is the co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting at Morehouse College and founder of the 1619 Freedom School in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, and the Center for Journalism & Democracy at Howard University, where she is the Knight Chair in Race and Journalism.

Nikole lectures all over the U.S. and across the globe on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and its legacy, including giving a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in 2022 during the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.




5:00 PM – VIP early access

5:30 PM – Doors open

6:00 PM – Program begins

7 :00 PM –Book Signing at Underground Books