Oak Park Speaker Series Features New York Times bestselling Author Nikole Hannah-Jones to Discuss Her Book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story


Underground Books is excited to host another sold out event at the Guild Theater on Thursday, June 13 from 6-8pm for an evening featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. Nikole covered racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and is the 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 docu series 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.