Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of the New York Times’ “1619 Project,” said she was considering legal action against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after being denied her tenure.
“I had no desire to sow turmoil or a political storm in the university that I love, but I am obliged to fight against a wave of undemocratic repression which seeks to prohibit the free exchange of ideas, to silence black voices and not to relax. speech, ”Hannah-Jones said in a statement Friday.
The UNC announced in April that the prolific Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist would join the university’s Hussman School of Journalism as the Knight Chair in Racial and Investigative Journalism, a position held by someone recognized as a leader. well-respected news outlet that provides “information on journalism and [supports] raise him in the academy. Hannah-Jones previously created the “1619 Project,” which examined anti-black racism and the legacy of slavery in America today. She is also a co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a business organization dedicated to supporting journalists of color.
Despite this prestigious appointment, the UNC did not offer him a permanent position. The backlash was swift among Hannah-Jones supporters and UNC professors.
“This failure is particularly disheartening as it occurred despite support for the appointment of Hannah-Jones as full professor by Dean Hussman, Hussman Faculty and the University,” read a statement from 40 Hussman School faculty members released last week.
The faculty also noted that two previous Knight Chairs had been established upon their appointment.
Hannah-Jones said in her statement on Friday that she would be represented by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
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