Virginia Library to host Project 1619 author during ‘Forbidden Books Week’
AAs part of “Forbidden Books Week”, a public library in Virginia welcomes Nikole Hannah-Jones for a conference. Hannah-Jones is known for developing the 1619 Project, which has been criticized for promoting critical race theory, being factually inaccurate and lacking in context.
The professor and author will give a talk to attendees at the Washington-Liberty High School Auditorium in Arlington on September 20.
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“Join us for a talk by author Nikole Hannah-Jones about her book ‘The 1619 Project’ and the freedom to read,” reads the Arlington Public Library’s website.
The library made it clear that despite the location, the public school system is not affiliated with the event at all.
“The animating idea of the ‘1619 Project’ is that our national narrative is told more accurately if we do not begin on July 4, 1776, but at the end of August 1619, when a ship arrived in Jamestown carrying a cargo of twenty to thirty slaves. from Africa. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric and unprecedented system of slavery that was to last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes called the original sin of the country, but it is more than that: it is the very origin of the country.the library partly describes the work of Hannah-Jones.
According to the Banned Books Week Initiative website, “Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.”
The campaign began in 1982. “Ban Book Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types – in common support for the freedom to seek and express ideas , even those considered unorthodox or unpopular,” the website continues.
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According to the initiative, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe is the most banned book. The book’s presence at school has been challenged for its illustrations of explicit sexual activity, which some have called pornographic. “Banned, challenged and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content and because it was deemed to contain sexually explicit imagery,” the website reads.
Hannah-Jones declined a tenure offer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2021 after a heated national dispute arose over the controversial author’s tenure. She instead chose to join the faculty at Howard University, where she was named Knight’s President in Race and Journalism.